Body recovered, man identified in Tiscornia Beach drowning

Search crews at North Pier on Thursday

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- The St. Joseph Public Safety Department has located the body of a man that drowned near the North Pier at Tiscornia Beach on Thursday.

Officials say divers from the Michigan State Police and Berrien County Sheriff's Department have located the drowning victim, now identified as 80-year-old Sammuel Sohn, near the North Pier just before 6 p.m. on July 10th.

Officers from the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the North Pier at Tiscornia Beach for a man needing help to get off the pier on Thursday, July 8th, around 10 a.m. 

It's estimated the waves on Lake Michigan were five feet at that time.

When officials arrived, they did not see anyone on the pier, but belongings of an 80-year-old man were found floating in Lake Michigan.

While on scene, officials learned from family members that Sohn was fishing on the pier and was missing.

Agencies that helped in the search include: Berrien County Sheriff Department, Medic 1, Michigan State Police, USCG, Great Lakes Drone Company and St. Joseph Department of Public Safety.

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