Man rescued from raft near ballpark; boaters urged to stay off river

6:27 PM, Apr 20, 2013   |    comments
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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Law enforcement is responding to more cases of people getting stranded on the Grand River.

Saturday afternoon near the Fifth Third Ballpark, multiple jurisdictions had to help rescue a man of a small raft. He was in a flooded neighborhood when the current became stronger than he anticipated.  The man hung on to a tree branch until he could get help.

Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson is urging everyone to stay off the water.

"The water itself has a hazardous property. The other thing is, the river is flowing a lot faster than you think, and so if they get out into the river, that's where there's real danger."

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