March 18, 2023

Missing Michigan Boater Found Dead After Vessel Capsized

The body of a Michigan boater has been found after his boat capsized a month ago.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel confirmed the body of Nathan Robbins, 26, was found Wednesday.

"Robbins and another boater had gotten out of the boat after it experienced engine problems and began taking on water during a Feb. 12 outing. The pair were traveling to Coty's Landing, a bar along the Tittabawassee River, when the motor began malfunctioning, reported," Fox News reported.

"Bystanders told The Saginaw News that the two were traveling to meet their girlfriends at the bar," it added.

One boater escaped, but Robbins' body disappeared as the boat capsized. It is believed that his clothing became tangled in the engine as he sought to restart it, according to testimony from his friend and reports from local authorities concerning the man's death.

"The 23-year-old successfully swam to shore, but Robbins went underwater and never resurfaced. The Saginaw County Dive team has returned to the scene for weeks looking for his body," ABC-12 reported.

"Investigators plan to release more details on Thursday after the discovery of Robbins' body," it added.

The discovery of the body brings to conclusion more than a month of searching following the tragic incident.

Boating safety remains a major concern on U.S. waterways, with conditions especially hazardous in northern areas during winter months when icy temperatures can quickly become deadly for those in the water.

The sad ending brings some resolution to those searching for his body but leaves much grief among friends and family in the local community.

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