Commotion on Lake Huron


On Monday, September 7, 2015 at approximately 12:35pm the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was requested by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office to assist them with a vessel recovery in Lake Huron. It was reported that a 31 foot Sea Ray Sun dancer cabin cruiser was spotted by a Great Lakes Freighter with its bow sticking out of the water and reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach. A U.S. Coast Guard Vessel out of Station Harbor Beach responded and located the vessel. Upon checking the Registration number, they learned that it was related to a missing person’s complaint being handled by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, reported on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Dive Team responded to the scene which was reported to be approximately 7 ½ miles east of Forestville in approximately 150 foot of water. The vessel was submerged with approximately 6 foot of the bow sticking out of the water. The vessel was towed by Tow Boat U.S. which is owned by Port Sanilac Marina. On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Port Sanilac Marina staff was able to float the vessel and tow it into the lift station where the water was pumped and further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies took place. The initial investigation reveals that the vessel was intentionally attempted to be sunk. Still missing from the vessel is a 60-year-old man from Macomb, Michigan, who originally was reported missing on September 1, 2015. Sheriff’s Office Marine Deputies’ recovery effort was worked in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, Pt. Sanilac Marina’s Tow Boat U.S. and the Sanilac County Aero-Squad and Dive Team. The case remains under investigation by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.