Kayaker dies after falling into St. Joe River

THREE RIVERS — A North Carolina man kayaking near a dam in Three Rivers died after falling into the St. Joseph River Saturday.

According to the Three Rivers Police Department, at 5:46 a.m. Saturday morning, multiple public safety agencies responded to the area of Wood Street and River Drive in Three Rivers, near the dam in the area, for a report of a man who fell out of a kayak into the river.

Police say the caller told them the kayaker had been “bobbing” in the water before going under and not resurfacing. Another person who was fishing in the area reportedly attempted to help the kayaker, but was unable to locate them in the water.

Officers spent the majority of the day Saturday searching for the kayaker, which became a recovery operation later in the day. At 7:14 p.m. Saturday, members of the Michigan State Police Marine Services Team recovered the body of the missing kayaker.

The victim was identified by police Monday as 26-year-old Donovan Forsythe of Princeton, N.C.

Assisting at the scene were the Three Rivers Police Department, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Dive Team, Fabius-Park Fire Department, White Pigeon Fire Department, Liberty Township Fire Department and the Michigan State Police Marine Services Team.

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