BREAKING: Missing fisherman’s body found.

August 17, 2016
Steve Bruce Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt of Hart.

Steve Bruce Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt of Hart.

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UPDATE: At 5:50 p.m., OCP was notified by Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, stating that Steve Bruce’s body was recovered from Lake Michigan. “His body is on a boat headed to shore now,” Mast said.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — The body of Steve Bruce, 62, who drowned in Lake Michigan Sunday night while fishing near the Little Point Sable Lighthouse has been found.

Few details were immediately available, but Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Bruce’s body has been found. Mast said an underwater robot was being used to retrieve the body from the water, but crews were experiencing difficulty due to 4-5 foot waves in Lake Michigan.

The body of Brian Waslusky, 53, of Hart was recovered near Pentwater Sunday night, but Bruce’s body had been missing since the accident. A third fishermen, Russell Pierce, survived. The threesome “had been fighting a big fish” when the incident occurred, according to Mast.

Waslusky was trying to net the fish but dropped the net, and then Bruce jumped in the lake after the fish and net. Waslusky jumped into the lake to assist him.

Neither of the two drowning victims were wearing life vests.

More details will be provided as soon as they are available.

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