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Man drowns in boating accident at Crystal Lake

A Perrinton man drowned last week Thursday afternoon trying to save a woman who fell out of their boat.

According to the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview, the incident happened at Crystal Lake, in Montcalm County’s Crystal Township, about 2:34 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

Police said that a 54-year-old woman had fallen from a fishing boat and into the water on Crystal Lake. The 59-year-old man operating the boat jumped into the water after the woman had fallen in. The woman, who was not injured, was pulled from the water and into a passing boat by citizens who arrived to help.

The man, Kelly Schaffer, 59, of Perrinton, in Gratiot County, was also pulled from the water and into the passing boat. Citizens began CPR on him before EMS arrival, but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Life jackets were not worn by the fishing boat occupants.  The incident remains under investigation.

In addition to the citizens on scene, troopers were assisted by Crystal Twp. Fire Department, Montcalm County EMS, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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Drunken boater arrested 


Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Stanton man for operating a boat while intoxicated on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at approximately 4:54 P.M. on Crystal Lake.

According to police, they were dispatched to a possible intoxicated boater who had anchored his boat near the public beach. As the marine patrol approached, the operator attempted to leave the area but deputies stopped him. Deputies believe that the man, Aaron Russell Pallick, 37, of Stanton was intoxicated. He was lodged at the jail on a charge of operating a boat while intoxicated, and subsequently released on a $500.00 bond.

“Even though the summer is quickly coming to an end, the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that excessive alcohol use combined with normal summer activities can have tragic results, therefore, everyone is encouraged to use good judgement and be respectful of others,” said a Sheriff Department spokesperson.

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Man dies in boating accident on Crystal Lake

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to a boating accident on Crystal Lake, in Crystal Township, on Thursday, July 4 at about 12:23 p.m.

The caller said that a person had been pulled from the lake and that CPR was being administered. Deputies arrived to find an 18-year-old Perrinton man had fallen from his boat into the water and was unconscious. A number of bystanders had assisted by pulling the man from the water and starting CPR. Among those assisting was a nurse practitioner and a person with lifeguard training.

CPR was continued by Montcalm County EMS and the man was taken first to Carson City Hospital, and later flown to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The victim, Jeffrey Whitehead, 18, was pronounced dead at 8:50 a.m. Sunday by the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office. No other info was available at press time.

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