Eric Cybulski,55, of Hastings, operating a 16-foot fiberglass inboard pleasure boat, collided with a Seadoo personal watercraft being driven by Jacob Baker,19, from Grand Rapids, in the southeast end of Gun Lake Saturday about 4 p.m., according to an update by Barry County Marine Department Deputy Julie Jones.
Baker was injured, knocked unconscious and thrown into the water. Cybulski jumped into the lake, keeping Baker's face out of the water. Baker was wearing a life jacket, however, Cybulski was not and becoming exhausted, Jones reported.
Cybulsksi's wife, Melanie, who witnesses believe went into the water to help her husband, was found floating face up and not breathing.The Saindon family of Middleville found her and began rescue breaths and CPR on their boat. It is unknown at what point Melanie Cybulski was not breathing or for exactly how long. She was transported to Blodgett Hospital where she died on Sunday, July 2.
Several Good Samaritan citizens assisted Baker and then Cybulski. They got Baker onto a boat and took him to shore where he was treated by Orangeville First Responders and Wayland EMS. He was transported to Spectrum Butterworth with head and face injuries. Cybulski was also transported by Wayland EMS to Pennock Spectrum, due to other health conditions. Eric Cybulski and Baker remain hospitalized in stable condition.
Orangeville Fire Department, Wayland EMS and Michigan State Police Wayland Post assisted the sheriff’s marine division.