Man drowns after kayak overturns in Coldwater

COLDWATER, Mich. — A man is dead after police say his kayak overturned Thursday night and he drowned.

Crew pulled the body of the 26-year-old Sherwood man Alec Walter Beaumont from the Pilot Knob channel around 6:30 p.m.

Rescue efforts were attempted by witnesses and police but conditions made it difficult so the Branch County Sheriff’s dive team was called in.

After three hours of searching, the man’s body was pulled from about 20 feet of water.

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  • stop the madness

    Condolences to the man’s loved ones. Hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, and the like are all wonderful activities that should never be done alone no matter how accomplished a person is. .

  • Kevin Rahe

    Tragic, and condolences to the family. I would like to know whether he was wearing a lifejacket. I love kayaking but I see far too many people out on them without lifejackets. I wonder how many people realize it’s actually illegal to use a kayak without a lifejacket on board. (Though to me just having one on board isn’t enough – it ought to be worn, especially in fast, potentially rough or busy water.)

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