Suburban Chicago man, 67, drowns while paddle boarding in southwestern Michigan inland lake

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PENN TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Authorities in southwestern Michigan say that a 67-year-old suburban Chicago man drowned while paddle boarding on an inland lake.

Cass County Undersheriff Richard J. Behnke says it happened about 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Donnell Lake. It's in Penn Township, 5 miles east of Cassopolis and 10 miles north of the Indiana state line.

Behnke says in an email that dispatchers got a call about someone struggling in the water. He says a dive team and other searchers recovered the body of Vincent P. Churak of Evergreen Park, Illinois.

The undersheriff says Churak was an avid swimmer and had a home on the lake.

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