Swimmer fatally struck by boat on western Michigan lake

July 6, 2020 GMT

GULL LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A man was fatally struck by a boat while swimming in a western Michigan lake over the weekend, police said.

The man was hit Sunday afternoon on Gull Lake near Kalamazoo. The man was brought to shore for lifesaving measures but was pronounced dead from his injuries at the scene, according to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

The boat operator was released after being given a blood-alcohol test, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Jim VanDyken said. Investigators were awaiting those test results.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the identity of the man who died.


That incident followed a 17-year-old from Inkster drowning Saturday at a privately operated lake in southeastern Michigan.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said divers found the body of Jorge Delgadillo-Flores about 30 feet from the shore of Milan Beach. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In northern Michigan, authorities recovered the body of a 78-year-old man in Green Lake in Grand Traverse County. Michael Emaus had jumped off a stalled pontoon boat to swim to shore to get another boat Saturday night, his girlfriend told police.