Burtchville Man Drowns at Lakeport State Park

Lakeport, MI — A 52 year old Burtchville Township man drowned yesterday afternoon while swimming in Lake Huron at the Lakeport State Park day park.

Robert Esquibel was swimming with a friend in the lake. While they were swimming, the friend noticed that Esquibel had not resurfaced after going under water. He called for help, then swam to shore to have someone call 911 shortly before 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the Burtchville Township Fire Department were called to respond.

A fire department rescue boat was put in the water and Esquibel was recovered within about 15 minutes of the call. Esquibel was taken to shore, where CPR was started by members of the fire department. Tri-
Hospital EMS arrived a short time later, and continued CPR while the man was being transported to McLaren Port Huron Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is being investigated by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Clair County Medical Examiner’s Office. No foul play is suspected.