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BREAKING: Two Bodies Found on Lake Michigan

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The search for 2 missing boaters is now on hold this morning on Lake Michigan off the coast of Ludington.

The Coast Guard told 9&10 News that crews recovered 1 body last night and a second body around 8:30 this morning.

They are in the process of identifying the bodies before they continue their search.

Searchers found one of the bodies, plus a debris field, about three miles north of Big Sable Point.  The boat is still missing.

The fisherman went out around 5:00 yesterday morning and were suppose to come back around noon, Coast Guard was notified around 5:00 pm that they two were missing.

Stay with 9&10 News for continuing coverage on this story throughout the day.

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Our prayers go out for them and their families.


Lake claims 2 fishermen

Brian Mulherin - Daily News Staff Writer

Friday, August 17, 2012

Two bodies of two fishermen have been recovered after the 26-foot boat they were in went missing Thursday in Lake Michigan. The boat left out of Ludington to go salmon fishing off Big Point Sable Thursday morning at 6 a.m. with Ludington resident Ray Finholm, 58, of Ludington, aboard, along with the boat’s owner, Bill Sorokin, 67, of Plains, Pennsylvania.

Wind and waves were severe Thursday and investigators said they believe the boat sank in the rough weather.

Sorokin's body was pulled from Lake Michigan by Coast Guard personnel about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Finholm's body was found shortly after 8:30 this morning on northern Mason County beach area not far from where Sorokin had been in the water.

Finholm was a prolific community volunteer, lending fish-catching and fish-cleaning skills to the annual SuckerFest, the Ludington Boat Club’s annual fish fry/boil for Hospice of Michigan, which happens to be this weekend. He also helped other charities he came across.

He was a long-standing director of the Mason County Walleye Association, where he maintained the grounds, helped raise fish and helped raise funds and cook meals for the annual walleye dinner for many years. He was a former Great Lakes Castings employee.

His wife’s name is Shirley.

“Ray would do anything for anybody,†Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk said.

Sr. Chief Sean Cross of Coast Guard Station Ludington and Chief John Tribfelner of U.S. Coast Guard Station Manistee both had crews launch boats to search for the missing 26-foot boat at about 6 p.m. Thursday and searched until around midnight. Coast Guard helicopters joined in the search and a debris field was located in Lake Michigan about 3 miles south of the Mason-Manistee county line.

Wave heights on Thursday reached as high as 7 feet, according to the weather buoy maintained by the University of Michigan 4 miles west of the Lincoln River mouth.

According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies from that agency, the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office and Grant Township first responders initiated a land search Thursday night and found fishing-related items that may or may not be related to the missing boat.

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Always humbles me hearing these stories, and reminds me how dangerous the lake can be. We take risks from time to time and it sure is not worth it in the long run. So important to make safe decisions and always be prepared for the worst. I feel terrible for all the families this may touch and pray for peace for them.

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