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$400,000 part of settlement over St. Charles man’s 2009 lake drowning


Updated: August 9, 2013 11:58AM

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — A settlement with the family of an Illinois man who drowned in 2009 while saving family members from rough waters off southwestern Michigan includes $400,000 and beach safety measures.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports South Haven and the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association agreed to pay Martin Jordan’s family. The 45-year-old from St. Charles drowned Aug. 1, 2009, after saving his son and others.

The newspaper this week published details of the settlement after obtaining the terms under the Freedom of Information Act.

The lawsuit said more safety measures should have been in place to warn swimmers. Among of the terms of the agreement is a beach safety program with warning flags and installing 911 call boxes along Lake Michigan. A plaque or memorial for Jordan also is planned.

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