Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from West Michigan lake

    Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from West Michigan lake. (WWMT/Ray Hole)

    The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said the body of a missing snowmobiler was recovered from a lake in West Michigan.

    Deputies were sent to Lincoln Lake after a 911 call about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday from a person riding with a man who went into open water. The caller was rescued by a hovercraft, but a 29-year-old man was missing.

    The body of the missing man was found just before 2 p.m. Thursday, according to Kent County deputies.

    Dan Kwekel, owner of Powersport Rentals, which is less than a 20 minute drive west of the lake, said learning what happened was devastating.

    He also said the incident gives him an opportunity to remind his customers about snowmobile safety.

    “On a marked trial you’ve got all sorts of signs, things to look for up ahead that will tell you if you need to use caution,” he said. “If you’re going off the trial you’re talking all sorts of new risks.”

    He said part of what he does on a daily basis is cover safety with customers.

    “We give them some basic pointers on what to and what not to do,” Kwekel said.

    One thing he recommended was to avoid ice and water.

    “Snowmobiles are made for the snow, snowmobiles are made for the trail, they’re not made for the water," he said, "If you fall in there’s not going to be a rescue crew, unless you’re very fortunate, on the scene probably quick enough to get you out."

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