Two dead in Muskegon River weekend accidents

Jun 27, 2016

Muskegon River
Credit Larry Pieniazek

Authorities say a boater has apparently drowned and a fisherman has died along separate stretches of the Muskegon River in western Michigan over the weekend.

The Mecosta County sheriff's department says 47-year-old Lee Cooley of Big Rapids was boating Sunday near Stanwood with his 21-year-old daughter when they hit a large sunken log and were thrown from the boat. Cooley was killed in the accident and his daughter was taken to a hospital for treatment.

On Saturday, divers from Newaygo County pulled the body of a 34-year-old Grand Rapids man from the river at Newaygo's Riverfront Park. Police say the man was fishing and had entered the water before he was found dead.

His name wasn't immediately released.