Man, 71, dies after being pulled from lake in Saugatuck

Caution tape crosses a dock near where a man fell into Kalamazoo Lake in Saugatuck. (June 1, 2017)


SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who was pulled from Kalamazoo Lake in Saugatuck after he reportedly fell off a sailboat has died.

Thursday evening, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed he was John Edward DeBoer, 71, of Kalamazoo.

He fell into the water around noon Thursday near the Sergeant Marina, located at 31 Butler St. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office originally told 24 Hour News 8 that he fell off an overturned sailboat. However, witnesses said the man slipped off the deck of a sailboat and went under the water.

Authorities at the scene said DeBoer had been in the water for nearly an hour when they found him between two docked boats in about 12 feet of water.

He was rushed to Holland Hospital. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, and he died around 1:50 p.m., the hospital said.