UPDATE: Names released in capsized boat incident

Update: October 16, 2014 3:21 p.m.

Paul Albert-Charles Maki, 48 of Big Bay died when a wave came over the bow and caused the boat to capsize, he was not able to swim to shore. There were two survivors, Charles Edward Demay, 29 and Suzette Michelle Stephenson, 29 both of Big Bay. Police determined that personal flotation devices were in the boat but not being worn at the time of the incident.  Foul play is not suspected and further investigation is necessary to determine specific information about the boat.


UPDATE: October 16th, 2014 9:40 a.m.

POWELL TOWNSHIP — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information in the boat capsizing incident that claimed the life of one person Wednesday afternoon at the Huron Mountain Club.

Deputies say three employees of the club were working on Mountain Lake in a 16 foot flat bottom jon boat winterizing campsites around the lake when the incident occurred. According to the boat’s occupants, a wave came over the bow and caused the boat to capsize. All three of the employees entered the water. Two of them were able to swim to the shore, but the third did not make it.

One of the occupants was treated on scene and released, and another was transported to Marquette General Hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Life-saving measures were exhausted on the third employee, who was later pronounced deceased by Marquette General.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing names of the victims pending family notifications and further investigation into the incident. Deputies say life jackets and the jon boat are considered to be factors relating to the accident.


One person is dead after a boat capsized this afternoon at the Huron Mountain Club in Powell Township.

Powell Township EMS says they received a call just after 2 p.m. about a boat capsizing somewhere on the club’s property. Three people were in the boat, and two of them were able to swim to shore. The third person drowned.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.

ABC 10 will continue to update the story as more information is available.

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