Flint man drowns in area lake

August 26, 2016

By Pat Maurer

William Tyler, 46 of Flint drowned Saturday in Shingle Lake after his kayak flipped over in the lake.
A 9-1-1 caller, who lives at the lake, notified Central Dispatch just before noon that he saw a man in a kayak flip over and go under the water.

Emergency crews from the Clare County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Clare County Marine Patrol, Lincoln Township Fire/Rescue and Mobile Medical Response Ambulance all responded to the scene.

A Deputy arriving at the scene was told by the resident that he saw what he thought was a younger black male struggling in the water just off the shore.

He told the Deputy he stripped down and went into the water to help, but by the time he got to where he had seen the man struggling he was unable to locate him.

Once the Marine Patrol boat arrived a grid was marked off and a search for the man began using long poles, but the initial attempts to locate him were unsuccessful, a release from the Sheriff’s Department said.
A Sheriff’s diver arrived and was put into the water. Within five minutes he located the man and his body was pulled from the bottom of the lake.

Tyler was brought to shore, the release said, and CPR started. He was taken to MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare where he was later pronounced deceased.

Tyler reportedly had been vacationing at a family cottage on the lake. “Our hearts go out to his friends and family,” Sheriff John Wilson said.

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