Fisherman rescued from Cass County lake

A fisherman from Benton Harbor was rescued Wednesday from Dewey Lake in Cass County’s Silver Creek Township.
The county’s 911 central dispatch received a call shortly after 10:30 a.m. regarding a capsized boat. Deputies found that a lone fisherman was hanging onto the side of his boat and calling for help.
A Silver Creek Township police officer arrived on the scene and was assisted by a neighbor who boated to the subject in the water and rescued him.  The man in the water was identified as 69-year-old James Britanyak.
Britanyak told deputies he was fishing when his boat started taking on water and he couldn’t get back to shore fast enough.
Britanyak was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac for general observation.

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