Dive team finds body of missing Groveland Township ice fisherman

Fisherman believed to have fallen through ice on Hartwig Lake

GROVELAND TWP., Mich. – Rescuers in Groveland Township found the body of a missing fisherman who is believed to have fallen through the ice on Hartwig Lake near Groveland and Van Roads in Groveland Township. He was last seen Monday night.

The Groveland Township Fire Department requested the assistance of the Oakland County Sheriff Department's Dive Team and Aviation Unit.

"The ice conditions are real bad. They are unsafe. It was unsafe for the divers. We decided to call it that night and at that point it was a recovery," said Matt Snyder, with the Sheriff's Department. "It's especially hard with our divers because they got probably 100 bounds of gear, so they kept falling through."

A remote operated vehicle found the man's body under the ice just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim's name name has not been released.

"The recommendation is stay off the ice right now, and if you do (go on the ice) you gotta let somebody, a family member, know what your safety plan is. Where you're going to be," said Snyder.

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