Charlevoix County Sheriff needs help finding boater

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The Charlevoix County Sheriff Office is investigating the case of a boater who went missing in the waters off Beaver Island.

The incident, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, was reported during the late evening, early morning hours of Thursday night and Friday morning Sept. 15 and 16.

At approximately 2 a.m., 39-year-old Gregory Froede of Harbor Springs allegedly jumped overboard off a 20-foot pleasure craft and has not been seen since.

According to the sheriff’s office, 38-year-old Daniel Rowland of White Thorn, Calif., was the only other person on the boat.

After Froede jumped off the boat, Rowland circled the area for nearly two hours looking for his friend until he ran out of gas.

The boat then drifted to shore in Mackinac County when Rowland called Mackinac County 9-1-1 to report his friend missing.

The Mackinac County Sheriff Office began the report until they discovered the incident took place in Charlevoix County, whereupon the information was turned over to the Charlevoix County Sheriff Office.

The U.S. Coast Guard and a sheriff marine unit from Beaver Island searched the area but did not locate Froede.

The sheriff’s office requests local boaters and fishermen to be on the lookout for Froede and to call 9-1-1 or (800) 577-1911 if they should spot him.

According to police documents, Rowland threw a couple life jackets and a cooler overboard in case Froede resurfaced.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor.