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Man dies after leg severed by boat propeller on Lake Fenton

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A man is dead after trying to remove a boat from a Mid-Michigan lake.

It happened on Thursday, Oct. 12 at about 12:49 p.m. near the 12000 block of Brown Street in Fenton Township.

A deputy for the Genesee County Sherrif's Department arrived on scene after 911 dispatch received a call about a man who had severed his leg in a boating accident. The deputy pulled the man from the water before performing CPR. 

The man, identified as 57-year-old Mark Elmer, was taken to the Genesys Health Park in Grand Blanc where he later died from his injuries, police said. 

Investigators said Elmer and his friend, Tom Mark, arrived at Elmer's father-in-law's house about noon to take Elmer's boat off the lake for the season. Mark told investigators Elmer could not get the boat off the hoist because the water level on the lake was low. 

Mark said he revved the boat's engine while Elmer jumped on the back of the boat to try and break it free from the hoist. Mark told police that's when he heard Elmer fall in the lake. 

Elmer shouted he cut his right leg. 

Mark said it wasn't until he tried to get Elmer on the dock did they realize Elmer had actually fallen on the boat propeller, severing his right leg. Mark told police he was unable to life Elmer onto the dock, so he helped him to the shallow water and mad ea tourniquet with his belt. 

Mark then ran across the street to the neighbor's house and asked them to call 911, police said. 

When he returned to the lake, Mark said he found Elmer struggling to breathe. 

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating.

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