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Two Swimmers Drown After Boat Drifts Away

The bodies of two swimmers, a 57-year old male and his 13 year-old nephew, have been recovered from Lake St. Clair near Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday. Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel reported that the two had jumped into the water to go swimming with a 31-year old relative. Their pontoon boat, however, drifted away a significant distance with a 73-year old woman aboard. Rescue crews were able to rescue the 31-year old male, however were unable to locate either the 57-year old or the 13-year old. Hackel did not specify whether they were wearing life jackets.
The law office of Beard Stacey Trueb & Jacobsen, PLLC strongly urges all those on a boat, whether professionally or for pleasure, to wear the proper safety equipment. This equipment will help save your life should an accident such as this occur. The maritime lawyers at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC represent injured mariners throughout the nation in claims involving the Jones Act and General Maritime Law. For any questions regarding maritime law or injuries sustained while working aboard a vessel, contact us at 206.282.3100 or visit our website at

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