Kayakers pull unconscious man from Muskegon

May 16, 2014

By Pat Maurer

Five kayakers are credited with saving the life of Lance Vanbuskirk, 33, of Harrison last Saturday when they pulled him, unconscious, from the Muskegon River and called for help.

According to a release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies received the call around 2 p.m. about an unconscious man in the river in Summerfield Township.

The incident happened in the northwest part of the township near the border of Winterfield and Summerfield Townships, off Muskegon Road on the outskirts of Temple.

Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski said Vanbuskirk was seen walking along the railroad tracks. Witnesses found him in the river. “It appears he fell in,” Miedzianowski said.
They reported that the five Kayakers pulled Vanbuskirk out of the river and onto the riverbank and called Central Dispatch. Vanbuskirk was taken to MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. He received treatment there and was released, Deputies said.

The cause of Vanbuskirk’s fall into the river was not released. “The cause will be determined by medical staff,” Miedzianowski said.

Sheriff John Wilson said he wants to commend the five kayakers: Jason Tuttle of Adrian, Timothy Dudley of Imlay City, Brandon Taylor, Matthew Pinkard and Casey Deere of Tecumseh for their heroic effort in helping Vanbuskirk.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Mobile Medical Ambulance Service, the Lincoln Township Fire Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division and the Michigan State Police – Mt. Pleasant Post.

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