Missing boater found dead in Boardman Lake

The body of a boater who went missing in Boardman Lake Saturday afternoon was identified as Buddy Edward Schardt.

The body of a boater who went missing in Boardman Lake Saturday afternoon was found after a search by divers and sonar boats.

Grand Traverse County Sheriffâ??s deputies were called to the lake around 1:30 p.m. where they say a man drowned.

Around 8 p.m. on Saturday, the Sheriff's Office underwater remote control vehicle located the body of Buddy Edward Schardt.

"The ROV was able to locate or distinguish an object on the bottom," said Sheriff Thomas Bensley. "And upon the ROV moving closer to that object, they were able to see with the camera, the victim who had drowned and was in about 50 feet of water."

According to deputies, information from the scene shows that three Traverse City men were boating and swimming when one man was having problems swimming.

One of the men then jumped to rescue Schardt. The rescuer was also having difficulty swimming when the third man assisted the rescuer out of the water. They could no longer find Schardt.

The two men contacted Central Dispatch. The second man was transported to Munson for medical treatment.

The surface water temperature was around 60 degrees. Alcohol is not believed to to be a factor. Schardt sister says he was out celebrating his 20th year of sobriety. Funeral arraignments are being made.

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy shows that there we no drugs in Schardt's system at the time of the drowning.