Traverse City Man Drowns in Boardman Lake

Buddy Schardt was boating with two friends when he jumped in to swim and then went under.

One of his friends jumped in after him but was unable to get to him before he needed to be rescued himself.

Schardt’s body was found by a dive team in Boardman Lake Saturday evening.

Schardt struggled to swim to back to the boat and called for help.

Neither of the men on the boat knew how to run it so one jumped in to help but struggled to stay afloat himself.

Schardt disappeared from sight and wasn’t found until 7 hours late by the Grand Traverse County dive team.

Schardt worked from his home as a small engine repair man and was well known around his neighborhood as a quiet guy who could always be relied on.

9&10’s Eric Lloyd looked into the story today and has more details.