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Area man drowns in Michigan Was retrieving golf balls he hit

A North Tonawanda man drowned Monday in Michigan when he was apparently retrieving golf balls he had hit into Lake Michigan, according to authorities in Charlevoix County, Mich.

Douglas W. Miller, 46, was visiting his parents in Charlevoix County -- which is located in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan about 275 miles northwest of Detroit -- when the accident occurred at about 3 p.m., Charlevoix Sheriff George T. Lasater reported. Miller was near the Village of Norwood when a neighbor spotted him yelling for help, according to the Petoskey News-Review newspaper in Petoskey, Mich.

Two residents in the area canoed out to Miller and brought him to shore, where Charlevoix and East Jordan ambulance crews tried unsuccessfully to revive him, according to the paper's report Tuesday.

Miller was taken to Charlevoix Area Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police in Michigan were still investigating the case Tuesday.

Further details were not available.

Norwood is a lakeside community with a population of just more than 700, according to the 2000 census.


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