Man drowns while trying to rescue son

Man drowns while trying to rescue son

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:19pm

Dive teams have located the body of a local man who drowned Friday while trying to save his son.

Police identified the victim as 41-year-old Kenneth Bryan Coty of Merrill.

Coty was attempting to rescue his 2-year-old son, who had fallen overboard while on a family fishing trip at Lake Mitchell in Wexford County.

With the help of his other two children, Coty was able to get the 2-year-old back on the boat safely. The child was wearing a life jacket.

His body was recovered Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m.

The lake straddles the Cherry Grove-Selma Township line, just west of Cadillac and about 35 miles southeast of Traverse City.

It was reported by 9 & 10 News that Coty was wearing steel-toe boots during the rescue and wasn't able to reach a life jacket that was thrown to him because of strong winds.

A family member tells WNEM TV5 that Coty was a wonderful husband and a father of six.

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