Coast Guard suspends search for missing man in Lake Michigan

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard says they’re suspending their search after a man went missing in Lake Michigan.

The search was suspended around 8 p.m. – more than eight hours after officials first received a report that a man fell out of his boat near the 5200 block of Scenic Drive in Fruitland Twp.

The Coast Guard says they won’t search again Thursday, but local authorities may. The Coast Guard says someone can at most survive about 8-9 hours in the water at it’s current temperature.

“Out thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim. Although the outcome is not what we wished for, the search efforts by local responders and the Coast Guard highlight out strong working relationship,” said Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Bryan Swintek, in a statement given to FOX 17.

The man hasn’t been identified yet. The Coast Guard says they they covered about 55 nautical miles searching for him.

The Coast Guard watercraft and helicopter and the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department dive team are involved in the search.

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