Police: Two fishermen drown in Keeler Lake

Police say 45-year-old Douglas McIntyre and 64-year-old Robert Novick were fishing Saturday on Keeler Lake when their boat capsized.

KEELER TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Two men drowned while fishing on Keeler Lake Saturday evening, Michigan State Police say.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, the Van Buren County Central Dispatch sent officers to an active drowning on Keeler Lake in Keeler Township. When MSP troopers arrived on the scene, the caller flagged them down and told them that two of his friends were fishing in the lake, yelling for his help.

The caller sent the troopers to the southwest corner of the lake where a capsized boat could be seen about 75-yards from the shore. The troopers used a watercraft along the shoreline to recover both victims.

Emergency responders began to administering lifesaving measures on the shore before the victims were transported to area hospitals -- one man went to Borgess-Lee Memorial in Dowagiac and the other went to Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet. 

Michigan State Police reports that all lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and both victims were pronounced dead at the hospitals. 

The victims were a 45-year-old man from Decatur and a 64-year-old man from Evergreen Park, Illinois. Their names are being withheld by authorities until families can be notified. 

MSP troopers were assisted at the scene by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, Sister Lakes Fire Department and Dive Team, Hartford Fire and Rescue, Price Care EMS and Victim's Services from Van Buren and Cass Counties.

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