1 angler dead; MSP scanning Lake Michigan for 2nd boater

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GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for the second of two men feared dead in a fishing accident on Lake Michigan, however local authorities aren’t giving up just yet.

Michigan State Police deployed their sonar equipment Monday to scan the waters near Little Sable Point Lighthouse for 62-year-old Steve Bruce of Hart. MSP is working with local agencies in the search.

According to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Bruce was fishing with 53-year-old Brian Waslusky and Russell Pierce around 9 p.m. Sunday when Waslusky’s net fell into the water as he fought a big fish he was trying to bring onto the boat.

Pierce stayed in the boat and called for help. He told authorities Bruce jumped into the lake after the fish and net and then Waslusky went in to help.

Pierce said Waslusky started struggling right away and then Bruce began to struggle as well.

Waslusky, who was wearing a life jacket, was pulled from the water a short time later by the Coast Guard.  However, the Hart native died shortly after arriving in Pentwater.

Bruce, who was not wearing a life vest, went under and has not been seen since.

The three men were on Bruce’s 23-foot Bayliner fishing boat when the incident occurred.

The Coast Guard called in their helicopter to help in the search before suspending their effort Monday afternoon.

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