UPDATE: The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the Caledonia man who drowned in Green Lake Saturday as Michael Raymond Pawloski. His body was recovered from the lake bottom in 60 feet of water today at about 2:15 p.m..
ORIGINAL STORY: The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office marine and road patrols, Leighton Fire Department and Allegan County Dive/Rescue & Recovery Team responded to a report of a drowning in Green Lake Saturday at about 2 p.m., the sheriff’s office reports.
Marine officers, divers and fire personnel began searching the lake for the missing victim; however reports where he was last seen were sketchy. Due to limited information, personnel and conditions, Kent County’s Dive Team was requested to assist with additional sonar technology and underwater cameras.
Severe storms, wind and lightning continued through the afternoon making search and recovery efforts difficult because of the hazardous conditions. Search efforts resumed this morning.
The victim was identified as a 58-year-old Caledonia man who resided off Green Lake. Information indicated that the victim, who was not wearing a life jacket, was swimming off his pontoon when he went under the water. His name is being withheld until additional family and children can be notified.
The Kent County Dive Team, Leighton and Wayland/Yankee Springs fire departments assisted sheriff’s office personnel.