Freighter crewman jumped into lake after alcohol confrontation
Ludington — An investigation shows a 41-year-old crewman jumped from a freighter into Lake Michigan north of Ludington after a confrontation with superiors over his alcohol use.
Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole tells The Muskegon Chronicle for a story Tuesday the freighter company apparently “has a zero tolerance policy” and the man was told to remain in his quarters until the ship reached its next port.
The Cleveland resident later leaped from the Stewart J. Cort’s rail about 1:15 a.m. Sunday into the lake about 4 miles northwest of Big Sable Point in Mason County. Some crew members saw him jump.
He has not been found. A U.S. Coast Guard search was cut short due to bad weather and suspended indefinitely.