Fisherman missing, presumed drowned in Caledonia Township

CALEDONIA TWP., Mich. — What started out as a water rescue at Ruehs Park at midday Sunday soon turned into a recovery effort.

At 10:40 a.m. Sunday, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fisherman falling into the Thornapple River, going underwater and not resurfacing at the park.

Authorities would only say the man was a 45-year-old from Kentwood.

The man’s 14-year-old son told deputies that he and his father were fishing in the river when his father slipped into the water, went underwater, became distressed and then disappeared from sight.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, deputies told FOX 17 that the search had become a recovery effort and that the man had not yet been found.

By 8:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities suspended the search for the evening, but planned to resume recovery efforts Monday morning.

Ruehs Park is located at 7602 68th St. SE.

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