- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 71-year-old man has died while sinking Christmas trees into a southwest Michigan lake to improve the habitat for fish.

The Cass County sheriff’s department says Larry Malsch of Cassopolis was in a boat on Shavehead Lake around 11 p.m. Monday when it capsized. The lake is in Porter Township, just north of Indiana.

The department says a 56-year-old man who was on shore and working with Malsch to place the trees into the water tried to rescue his friend using a watercraft, but fell into to the water. The other man swam to Malsch and brought him back to land.

Malsch was taken to a hospital in Elkhart, Indiana, where he was pronounced dead. The friend refused further medical treatment. The death is under investigation.

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