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Man dies after falling into Lake Michigan in Berrien County

A man died after falling into Lake Michigan near the shoreline just north of Rocky Gap Park in Berrien County.

A man died after falling into Lake Michigan near the shoreline just north of Rocky Gap Park in Berrien County.

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Berrien County 911 received a call of a man in the water who was unresponsive.

Units responded to the area north of Rocky Gap Park in Berrien County, where they found a family member and others providing CPR.

The victim was moved from the shore to a bat and transferred to the United States Coast Guard vessel, where CPR was continued.

Robert Amenitsch, 66, of Niles, Ill. was transported to the Coast Guard Station in St. Joseph. Amenitsch died at the station after continued medical efforts.

Amenitsch was being towed on a floating raft at a very low speed behind a boat operated by his son, Michael Amenitsch of Stevensville.

While being pulled slowly, Amenitsch rolled on his back and into the water near the shoreline.

Michael, the boat operator, immediately turned the vessel around and found his father unresponsive.

Witnesses said Michael began rescue breathign and with the assistance of others, transferred Amenitsch to the beach and began CPR.

Two small children, Linda Amenitsch, Robert's fiance, and Kelly McGeary were also on board the vessel.

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