Man Presumed to have Drowned in Mason County’s Hamlin Lake

LUDINGTON, MI – Divers searched until dark last night for Robert James Conklin, 54-years-old, of West Olive, Michigan, in the waters of Hamlin Lake, but were not able to locate him.

Divers and Marine Patrol units were back on Hamlin Lake early this morning resuming search efforts. At this time, it would appear Mr. Conklin has drowned.

On Saturday, September 21st, 2019, at 1:05 PM, Mason County Sheriff deputies were called to a reported capsized boat on Hamlin Lake in an area known as “the narrows” with two persons reported to be in the water.

Emergency crews responded to the area with Mason County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Ludington Police Department’s harbor boat, and Hamlin Township Fire and Rescue boat all launched. It was learned the boat had not capsized, however one person was unaccounted for.

Search crews with Grant Fire & Rescue conducted shoreline searches on the north shores of Hamlin Lake off Nurnberg Rd and MCSO Marine Patrol and divers were on Hamlin Lake at that time.

Searchers will continue throughout today unless lightening in the area forces them off the water.

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