MSP IDs 2 who drowned in rural Van Buren Co. lake

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KEELER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police have released the names of two anglers who drowned in a lake west of Decatur.

MSP said Monday that 45-year-old Douglas Charles McIntyre of Decatur and 64-year-old Robert E. Novick of Evergreen Park, Illinois were the men who died shortly after they were rescued from Keeler Lake.

Troopers said they were called to the lake, located in Van Buren County’s Keeler Township, shortly after 7:20 p.m. Saturday. A 911 caller said two friends fishing on the lake had yelled for help.

The caller pointed first responders to the southwest corner of the lake, where the fishermen’s boat had capsized about 75 yards from shore. Troopers were soon able to get out onto the water and get the men.

Emergency responders provided first aid, but the men died at separate hospitals.