Water Accident (Drowning)

OFFENSE:        Water Accident (Drowning)


DATE:              Sunday March 28, 2021


TIME:                5:30 P.M. 


LOCATION:      South Pier at Silver Beach


OFFICERS:        St. Joseph Department of Public Safety


AGENCIES INVOLVED:   Berrien County Sheriff Department, Medic 1, MSP,  USCG and St. Joseph Department of Public Safety.


On Sunday March 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Officers from the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the South Pier at Silver Beach for the report of a water rescue in Lake Michigan. 


It was reported that two males both from St. Joseph, Michigan were on the south pier when a large wave swept one of them into Lake Michigan.


Rescue effects were unsuccessful and attempts are being made to recover the body.       





The drowning victim has been identified as Dakota Yergeau, 27 years of age and a St. Joseph resident.   


UPDATE:On April 14, 2021 the body of Dakota Yergeau was recovered from Lake Michigan by the south pier at Silver Beach.  The body was recovered by the Michigan State Police Dive Team. 


We are truly sorry for the family’s loss and would like to offer the family our deepest and most sincere condolences.  


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