Authorities: Man lost in Lake Michigan jumped from ship

Associated Press

Ludington — A man reported overboard from a freighter intentionally jumped into Lake Michigan, according to authorities in western Michigan.

He was seen about 1:15 a.m. Sunday leaping from the Stewart J. Cort near Ludington, The Muskegon Chronicle reported Monday.

“Crew members witnessed the man climb over the rail and jump from the vessel,” the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release. “The crew members immediately deployed three life rings and notified the navigation bridge. The vessel turned and began a systematic search for the man. Due to conditions at the time and the impending weather forecast, the decision was made not to deploy the vessel’s small workboat.”

Mason County officials are investigating, Sheriff Kim Cole said.

“It does appear to be a deliberate act,” said Cole, who was told more than 20 people were on the freighter.

The man’s name has not been released and he has not been found.

A search was started Sunday by the Coast Guard about 4 miles northwest of Big Sable Point in Mason County. It was cut short Sunday afternoon due to rough weather on the lake and has been suspended indefinitely.