Drowning Death In Sturgeon Bay Thursday

SBPD BadgeThe investigation is continuing into the apparent drowning death of a 65-year old Kalamazoo, Michigan man after his vehicle plunged into the water near the Centerpointe Marina in Sturgeon Bay. A 55-year old woman, also from Kalamazoo, and a dog were able to scramble out of the car and make it to the dock located between Sturgeon Bay’s two downtown bridges. She was treated and released. The man was extricated from the vehicle about an hour after it submerged and was transported to Ministry Door County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses say the vehicle slowly went off the dock and into the water, floated for a short time, then sank. Apparent efforts by the passenger to get the victim out of the vehicle proved unsuccessful. It is unclear what caused the car to travel across the breakwall and into the water north of the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge. Captain Dan Brinkman of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department indicated that an updated report on the incident would be released Friday. Besides city police and fire crews, representatives of the Door County Sheriff’s Department, the State Patrol, emergency services and the U.S. Coast Guard took part in the recovery operation.

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