BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday found the body of a man who disappeared after jumping from a pontoon boat in Saginaw Bay.
A fisherman saw the body of 58-year-old Timothy A. Wallschlager floating in the bay about 300 to 500 yards (275 to 450 meters) off Shelter and Channel Island and notified the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Bay County said. Sheriff Troy Cunningham. †
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DNR personnel went to the area the fisherman described and found Wallschlager’s body, Cunningham said.
Wallschlager, of Carrollton Township, went under water Sunday afternoon near Bay City State Park, authorities have said. He and five others were on a pontoon boat and he jumped into the water and began to struggle against the waves.
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A woman on the boat jumped in to try to save the man, but she too began to struggle, lost consciousness and nearly drowned, Cunningham said. Others on the boat pulled her with the help of three people aboard another boat and a deputy on a naval patrol, the sheriff said. The sheriff’s deputy performed CPR on the woman.
Wallschlager was not wearing a life preserver, Cunningham said.
Deputies, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, DNR officers, and area firefighters all searched for Wallschlager, but weather conditions made it difficult.
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