Michigan Family Seeks $50M in Marina Death

September 16, 2011

The family of an 18-year-old Michigan man who died while swimming at the Clinch Park marina in Traverse City has filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million.

Michael Knudsen’s family said it wants to prevent similar deaths with the lawsuit against the city and others.

Mayor Chris Bzdok said the death is a tragedy that needs to be investigated.

Knudsen died Aug. 15 after he swam off a dock with a friend who reported getting a shock. Marina employees cut power to the dock before Knudsen was pulled from the water. A preliminary autopsy listed the cause of death for the Mancelona man as a combination of electric shock and drowning.

City documents show two separate breaks in an electric power line leaked electricity into the water.

 

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  • September 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    MI agent says:
    He was from that area and knew swimming was not allowed there; too bad that it happened but he bears responsibility for his death.
  • September 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm
    Yeah, what a crock! says:
    "Michael Knudsen's family said it wants to prevent similar deaths with the lawsuit against the city and others" If that is their motivation, why don't they sue for just a $1.0... read more
  • September 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Buffalo Bill says:
    sad, but $50 million?? Must have been on track for the NFL or NBA!
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