BAY CITY, MI — Two Bay County women have died after a car they were in was submerged in the Saginaw River.
The Bay City Department of Public Safety confirmed that Janet Korpal, 81, and Nicholette Korpal, 52, died the evening of Monday, Nov. 30. The women were mother and daughter, police said.
A few hours earlier, at about 2:20 p.m., Bay City Public Safety personnel responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven into the river from a parking lot near Bigelow Park on Middleground Island. A witness had said two women were in the vehicle, described by Public Safety Deputy Director Caleb Rowell as a black Mercury Milan.
After floating for a brief time, the Milan became submerged in the water with both Korpals still inside, police said.
Emergency responders pulled the women from the car. The Korpals were taken to McLaren Bay Region hospital and died sometime after 5 p.m.
Autopsies are planned to determine the Korpals’ causes of death. Police did not say who had been driving the Milan.
Multiple agencies responded to the scene and lent assistance, including the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police, Essexville Department of Public Safety, Medstar Ambulance Service, and the Bangor Township Fire Department.
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