A Body Found Off Of Shore At Hoffmaster State Park Is That Of John English

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Vigil Held for Missing SwimmerNORTON SHORES, Mich- On Saturday, around 7:00am a Deputy from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s was conducting a shoreline check of the beach on Lake Michigan when the Deputy recovered a body on the waters edge of the beach. The body was recovered at the Hoffmaster State Park located in Muskegon County/Norton Shores City limits.

The body recovered is Mr. John English, 47 years old of Walker Michigan. Mr. English went missing in Lake Michigan on Sunday June 30th 2013 at around 4:00pm after he jumped into Lake Michigan off a boat to go swimming.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting a forensic autopsy on the body to determine the cause of death. Which will be conducted at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing Michigan.

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  • Rick Schaefer-Space

    I have been in EMS for many years and can honestly say John was one of the very best at his craft. John was a close friend and a very good man and excellent instructor, who went to great lengths to make a positive contribution and difference in our world.

    Those of us fortunate enough to have known him and privileged enough to have worked with him, will agree, he was a ‘light’ in the world that will be sorely missed.

    John’s legacy will carry on through those he touched and those he instructed. Best said, God has a plan and called John home. I will miss you my friend and pray God continues to comfort your family, friends, coworkers/first responders, students and those who may miss your healing touch and warm/ caring personality. Rick S2