Man found dead hanging onto boat in Barry Co. lake

Posted at 2:24 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 14:55:36-04

HASTINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Lansing man has died in a Barry County lake.

The man has been identified as Edward Louis Phillips, 72, of Lansing.

Phillips was apparently out fishing on Thornapple Lake when fell out of the boat, according to Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf. The man was found hanging on to the boat about 200 yards from shore.

Sheriff Leaf says that the person who called dispatchers says they saw the man out fishing Monday night and then spotted the man’s boat out again this morning, with a life preserver in the water.  Leaf says that Phillips apparently fell from the boat without the life preserver on and could not get back into the boat.

The Medical Examiner is investigating.