Settlement reached in South Haven drowning lawsuit

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

It is a lawsuit responsible for changing the safety measures on some Michigan beaches. Now in one of the final steps of the settlement, a family will get $400,000 for the death of their father and husband.

Martin Jordan, 45, drowned in August 2009 after saving five of his family members from rough Lake Michigan waters at a South Haven beach.

According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, the Jordan family sued the city in 2011. They said the city should have closed the beach due to rip currents.

A settlement followed, and South Haven has since installed warning flag systems at all seven of its public beaches. Emergency call boxes were also installed.

Now the city says a monetary amount of $400,000 will be paid to his family.

The Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association will pay most of that, while the city will pay the rest.


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