With last words, man tells wife ‘swim’

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The wife of a man who died after going under the water in a northern Kent County lake said that in his final moments, he urged her to swim to safety.

Charles Cooley and his wife Deborah often spent their weekends on the water in the Chain Lakes in Oakfield Township, southwest of Greenville.

“We fished all summer long. We played bingo all winter long,” Deborah Cooley said.

Saturday started off much the same as many other fishing trips.

“We wasn’t that far from the bank,” Deborah Cooley said. “He stood up and the boat capsized.”

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