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Lawsuit Expected Next Week in TC Marina Drowning

Lawyers plan to file a lawsuit against the city of Traverse City on behalf of a teen who died while swimming in a public marina last month.  The family of Michael Knudsen will sue the city of Traverse City for the teen's death at Clinch Park Marina last month. Knudsen died after he dove off of a dock and was shocked by a short in an underwater electrical line.  Lawyer Dean Robb, who is representing the family, said the suit will likely be filed next week. 

  Robb says there should have been a no-swimming sign where Knudsen jumped in, but there wasn't, "Apparently, someone has given a lot of misinformation out. They've referred to this as a no-swimming area, which is not true. There was no no-swimming sign."

  City Manager Ben Bifoss is aware that the lawsuit is likely.  He declined to comment.  A city official said earlier this week they're still investigating why the short occurred.

  Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who gained fame defending the late Doctor Jack Kevorkian, will work with Robb in the suit.