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Ann Arbor Teen Drowns In Lake Michigan Off South Haven Beach

The 13-year-old was reportedly on a family trip to West Michigan.

July 14, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WWJ) -- A family trip to West Michigan turned to tragedy over the weekend as a 13-year-old Ann Arbor boy drowned in Lake Michigan off the shore of South Haven.

The boy had been swimming in the lake with an adult, and they both became exhausted and bystanders called 9-1-1. When police arrived, a paddleboarder rescued the adult, but the boy was still in the water. Coast Guard dive teams also responded and located the boy about 20 minutes after the adult was rescued.

The teen was discovered 100 yards down shore from where they were originally swimming.

First responders attempted to revive the boy, but he died while being taken to a nearby hospital.

WWMT out of Kalamazoo says the National Weather Service had initially called for safe swimming conditions Saturday morning with a green flag advisory for all South Haven beaches, but it was updated to a yellow flag shortly after 11 a.m. as wind and wave criteria changed.

Authorities did not immediately release the victim's name.