14-Year-Old Dies While Swimming In Lake Michigan

July 19, 2019 - 11:39 am

LUDINGTON (WWJ) - A fun day at the beach took a tragic turn when a 14-year-old girl died after being pulled from Lake Michigan.

Police responded to Stearns Beach in Ludington just before 8 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report about a missing person. When officers arrived, they were notified that Albrianna Huck, of Ludington, had been at the beach with her brother and another family member when she disappeared.

A thorough search of the entire beach and park area was launched and at 9:50 p.m., searchers were advised that the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located someone on the shoreline waving at them.

Officers responded to the shoreline, less than a half mile away from the park, and were met by individuals who found Huck in the water and began CPR. First responders continued CPR while Huck was being transported to the hospital. Around 11:20 p.m., she was pronounced dead.  

Dangerous swimming conditions have been reported along the western shore of Michigan for weeks. Wave heights between three and six feet have been reported, which makes swimming difficult and can tire even a strong swimmer quickly. Strong currents can also sweep swimmers out into deeper water or prevent them from keeping their feet on the bottom, making it difficult to return to shore. 

People visiting beaches in the alert region are being urged to stay out of the water.