Minnesota man’s body recovered in Lake St. Clair

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

The body of a 30-year-old Minnesota man was recovered late Friday from Lake St. Clair, Macomb County authorities confirmed.

The man, identified as Craig Michael Moir of Winona, Minnesota, was recovered from the water at about 9:05 p.m., said Lt. John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was located by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Dive Team and Macomb Sheriff Marine Division, officials said in a news release.

Divers had been searching a vast area of the lake since the early morning hours. Moir’s body was found a mile southeast of the mouth of the Clinton River where the water depth is approximately 10 feet. His family has been notified, officials said.

Moir had been boating with three friends — all from St. Clair Shores — on a Sea Ray cabin cruiser when he and another passenger got in the lake for a swim, according to the sheriff’s office.

While the pair were swimming, the boat reportedly drifted away and only one swimmer was able to make it back to the vessel, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard began searching for the missing swimmer shortly after 12:15 a.m.

During the search, the three other people on the boat were told to stay on scene, but instead they headed to Miller Marina in St. Clair Shores.

Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies approached the trio at the marina where they asked questions and determined the owner and operator of the boat was under the influence of alcohol. The 32-year-old man was arrested and is being held at the Macomb County Jail.

The two other occupants, a 28-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, were released.

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