One man dead after being thrown from boat in Manistee River

Three men hospitalized after being thrown from boat.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- One man is dead after he and two others were thrown from a boat on the Big Manistee River.

Three men were on a boat in the river around 9 a.m. Thursday, when they hit a stump and were all thrown from the boat about a mile upriver from the High Bridge Boat Launch, according to Manistee County Sheriff's Deputies.

Two of the men were able to swim to safety.

Those two men pulled the third person out and performed CPR.

A Manistee Animal Control Officer was first on the scene, got into a civilian's boat and took over CPR.

The third man was loaded into the boat and brought back to the High Bridge Boat Launch where he was turned over to EMTs.

The two other men were also taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia.

Deputies said life jackets were in the boat but were not being worn.

Alcohol doesn't appear to be a factor, deputies said.

One man was 65-years-old from Waterford, another was 61-years-old from Wabash, Indiana and the other was a 53-years-old from Hilliard, Ohio.

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