Man drowns in Silver Lake despite ‘very brave’ rescue

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GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a Dearborn man drowned despite a “very brave” rescue effort by a West Michigan man on Silver Lake.

The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Rabih T. Othman began struggling in the water around 3:31 p.m. Sunday when the group he was with lost control of his tube. The group he was with tried to reach Othman, but couldn’t.

Investigators say a 19-year-old Hart man aboard a second boat saw Othman struggling in the water on the north end of the lake and jumped in with a boat cushion flotation device. The good Samaritan held up Othman until a jet ski pulling a rescue float could reach them.

Othman was taken ashore where rescuers tried to resuscitate him. However, he died at a nearby hospital.

The sheriff’s office says Othman was not wearing a life jacket.

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