Settlement reached in 2009 South Haven drowning

August 9, 2013 7:52:00 PM PDT
The family of a man who drowned in Lake Michigan after saving the lives of his son and niece reaches a legal settlement that includes making the beach safer for everyone.

Forty-five-year-old Martin Jordan of St. Charles died in August 2009 during a visit to the beach in South Haven, Michigan.

His family filed a lawsuit saying more safety measures should have been in place to warn swimmers about the conditions.

The settlement includes $400,000 and a beach safety program.

"You want to do something to help somebody else that I think is what helps us move forward as a family is that we're making it better for somebody else," said Maureen Jordan, Martin's wife.

The settlement will be paid by South Haven and the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association.