Missing Menominee River boater identified, presumed drowned

Courtesy: Kelly Chinn

MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A boater who disappeared on the Menominee River after capsizing was publicly identified Tuesday night as Benjamin J. Tart Jr., a 58-year-old man from Iron River, Michigan.

The Marinette County sheriff says Tart is presumed drowned after rescuers spent two days searching for him.

Sheriff Jerry Sauve is asking people living near and using the lower Menominee River to be aware and report any possible sighting of Tart to the sheriff's office.

Tart was six feet tall, 250 pounds, described as a "large man" wearing outdoor Carharrt-type clothing.

"The victim's family has been kept informed of the situation to date and is appreciative of all of the effort put into this search," a statement from the sheriff reads.

Two men were on the boat that capsized Monday morning. The Marinette Fire Department rescued one man near the Highway 41 bridge.

DNR wardens from Wisconsin and Michigan; the Menominee, Michigan, sheriff's marine unit; Marinette police and fire departments; and other area law enforcement and public safety agencies, along with several local fishermen all helped in the search. The sheriff's office was also assisted by local paramedics and EMS, and local businesses and individuals who provided food and beverages to people involved in the search.