Recovery effort for man, 65, in St. Joseph River

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CONSTANTINE, Mich. (WOOD) — St. Joseph County dive crews on Sunday searched for a man who fell into the St. Joseph River.

The 65-year-old man reportedly fell into the river in Constantine sometime before 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

The Constantine Township man went catfishing with his son late last night on the river near Oxbow Road.

“They initially went out fishing at 10 p.m., and in that time, something went on — probably medically and we’re not quite sure yet — and he fell into the water from the boat. The son was able to reach him and get him out and in the process of getting him out of the river, it flipped the boat over. And he was able to hold him for a while and hold onto a branch,” St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite told WNDU out of South Bend. “Finally, he got tired and exhausted he had to get himself safe.”

The son then called 911.

Crews Sunday used sonar and divers to scan a 400-yard stretch of the river, but debris and poor visibility made the search difficult.

The sheriff’s department said it was considering the operation a recovery rather than a rescue.

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