Man Dies After Falling Into Water In Port Austin 4-19-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Man Dies After Falling Into Water In Port Austin 4-19-2011

Authorities said a 20-year-old Durand man died after trying to free up a fishing net that was snagged on the northwest side of the Port Austin Harbor Breakwall Monday.
The victim, James M. McComb II, was fishing with another man when he entered the water just after 4 p.m., according to Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson.
Hanson said it appears their minnow seine type net got snagged under the water and after repeated attempts to get it,
McComb took his shirt and shoes off and tried to retrieve the net. As he crawled down a wall ladder he was washed into the water by wave, Hanson said.
The water depths at that location are between 5 and 9 feet deep.
Hanson said McComb’s fishing partner tired to save him, but he too was overtaken by the 40 degree waters.
Rescue crews searched for more than an hour before finding McComb in Lake Huron
McComb was pronounced dead a short time later, his fishing partner was treated and released.
Hanson told TV5 a police investigation continues.
Port Austin is located about 115 miles north of Detroit.
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