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UPDATE: Body of missing kayaker recovered from Lake Michigan

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The body of the missing kayaker, who drowned in Lake Michigan, has been recovered. The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety says members of the Ottawa County North Dive Team located the missing body of Sheldon Benson, of Coopersville, around 1 a.m. Sunday. The 23-year-old's body was located by the Ottawa County Marine Patrol Division using side scan sonar.

Officers responded to a water rescue call on Saturday around 7 p.m. After an investigation, they learned a 21-year-old Jackson man and a 23-year-old Coopersville man were kayaking in Lake Michigan between Lake Avenue and Grand Avenue. One kayaker capsized. The second tried to assist and also capsized. Both tried to swim to shore. The 21-year-old Jackson man made it to shore. The 23-year-old Coopersville man did not. The 21-year old was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for observation.

The search and recovery effort is on-going at this time by an Ottawa County Marine Patrol boat using side scan sonar. The search will resume in the morning if the second victim is not located.

The 21-year-old Jackson man said that neither was wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard Station Grand Haven assisted with the recovery.

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The body of the missing kayaker has been recovered. Sgt. Tomes with the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety says they located the missing body of a 23-year-old Coopersville man who drowned in Lake Michigan South of Grand Haven South Pier.

Officers responded to a water rescue call on Saturday around 7 p.m. After an investigation, they learned a 21-year-old Jackson man and a 23-year-old Coopersville man were kayaking in Lake Michigan between Lake Avenue and Grand Avenue. One kayaker capsized. The second tried to assist and also capsized. Both tried to swim to shore. The 21-year-old Jackson man made it to shore. The 23-year-old Coopersville man did not. The 21-year old was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for observation.

The search and recovery effort is on-going at this time by an Ottawa County Marine Patrol boat using side scan sonar. The search will resume in the morning if the second victim is not located.

The 21-year-old Jackson man said that neither was wearing a life jacket.

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It is now a recovery effort after a 23-year-old Coopersville man drowned in Lake Michigan South of Grand Haven South Pier.

Officers responded to a water rescue call on Saturday around 7 p.m. After an investigation, they learned a 21-year-old Jackson man and a 23-year-old Coopersville man were kayaking in Lake Michigan between Lake Avenue and Grand Avenue. One kayaker capsized. The second tried to assist and also capsized. Both tried to swim to shore. The 21-year-old Jackson man made it to shore. The 23-year-old Coopersville man did not. The 21-year old was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for observation.

The search and recovery effort is on-going at this time by an Ottawa County Marine Patrol boat using side scan sonar. The search will resume in the morning if the second victim is not located.

The 21-year-old Jackson man said that neither was wearing a life jacket.

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing person in Lake Michigan after a kayak flips on Saturday.

The Coast Guard confirmed that they are searching Lake Michigan for a missing person after a kayak with two people flipped over.

The owner of the Bil-Mar restaurant on South Harbor Drive said multiple agencies have been out in the water searching for a missing kayaker on Saturday.

Howard Meyer said a bartender, with the help of her binoculars, saw two people in the water swimming about 200 yards offshore and everyone on the deck was watching the scene unfold after a kayak apparently capsized.

Meyer called 9-1-1 and he said one man made it ashore and was not wearing a life jacket.

He said three boats are out on the water and he saw 3 or 4 divers and a helicopter circling overhead that assisting with the search until dusk.


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