Comstock Park man dies on Mason Co. river

Michigan
Steven Borkowski

An undated courtesy photo of Steven Borkowski.

AMBER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids-area man died after the canoe he was in capsized on a river in Mason County Friday.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office said emergency crews were called shortly after 7:30 a.m. for a report of an overturned canoe with three people in the water. It happened on the Pere Marquette River near the Scottville boat launch in Amber Township, east of Ludington.

A father and his two adult sons from the Grand Rapids area were headed out to a deer hunting spot in a canoe when it hit a log and overturned.

One of the sons, 48-years-old Steven John Borkowski of Comstock Park, was found unresponsive downstream. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s office.

The father and other son were treated for hypothermia and later released, authorities said.

Borkowski’s son, also named Steven Borkowski, told News 8 over the phone Sunday that his father, uncle and grandfather would often go hunting together and that they enjoyed being outdoors. He said his father taught him how to hunt.

The late Steven Borkwoski’s obituary says he was tool and die maker at Pridgeon & Clay in Grand Rapids for 18 years.

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday and funeral services for Thursday.

**Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated the three people were hunting from the canoe. To clarify, they were taking the canoe to the place where they intended to hunt.

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