Fishermen find vehicle in river

November 24, 2023

Fishermen find vehicle in river

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

CUSTER TOWNSHIP — A group of fishermen discovered a vehicle in the Pere Marquette River this morning. The three fishermen had launched their boat from the boat launch at the Custer bridge shortly after 10 a.m. and headed west on the river. They discovered the boat near the boat launch at the end of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources access road that runs west from Custer Road. Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Custer Fire Department, and Life EMS initially responded. With the assistance from the fishermen and Abrahamson’s Towing, the unoccupied Mercury Mountaineer  SUV was recovered from the river.

MCSO Sgt. Adam Claveau said the vehicle did not appear to be locally owned.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team along with boats from Henry’s Landing, Custer Fire Department, and Riverton Fire Department, were being utilized to search the area for any bodies.

UPDATE: The owner of the vehicle, a 25-year-old male, was located safe at his parents’ house in Custer, according to Sgt. Claveau. The owner, who was also the driver of the vehicle, told deputies that the vehicle accidentally rolled into the river. Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole reported that the driver was subsequently arrested on an outstanding warrant from Newyago County.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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