4 people on near-flooded Muskegon River made it to shore after call for help

Dangerous river levels after flooding this week lead to a close call for four people on the Muskegon river this afternoon.

BROOKS TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Four people who called for help while floating down the near-flooded Muskegon River made it to shore without issue.

Crews were sent just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, to the Thornapple Access point on the river to begin their search, according to a Newaygo County dispatcher.

Police are told people were rafting downstream when four of them somehow fell out and began calling for help. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources boat already patrolling the area is assisted county authorities in the search.

About 20 minutes after the call, it was reported everyone made it to shore OK, the dispatcher said.

The Muskegon River is running at about 8 feet at the Croton Dam following heavy rain Thursday. Some 3-6 inches of rain fell across mid-Michigan, causing widespread flooding and the proclamation of a "state of disaster" for Isabella County.

The river prior to the heavy rain event flowed at about 5-6 feet.

It's advised people take extra care while out on those rivers running higher than normal.

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