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ST. JOSEPH — A man died Sunday morning after the boat he was in overturned on Lake Michigan off St. Joseph, according to the Coast Guard station in St. Joseph.
Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Correy Sheets said three men were in the boat fishing about two miles out on the lake when a wave went over the stern of the boat, and it “capsized instantaneously.”
Other boaters were able to pull two of the men out of the water, but were not able to get the third man out, he said.
Sheets said the victim, James Terriot, 58, of Carlton, Mich., had a laceration on his head.
The Coast Guard doesn’t yet know the cause of death, he added.
Sheets said the boat cap*sized just after 9 a.m. The waves on Lake Michigan were running about 4 to 5 feet high at the time of the accident, he said.
People on one boat radioed the Coast Guard to report the overturned boat, Sheets said. People on another boat radioed the same information about 10 minutes later, he said.
Sheets said he did not have the names of the other men on the overturned boat, or the names of the rescuers. The overturned boat was 20 feet long, he said.
The water temperature of Lake Michigan on Sunday was 43 degrees.
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