Search For 38-Year-Old Drowning Victim Called Off

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Crews Find Body Of Brighton Man Who Drowned In Lake Michigan

38-year-old Brian Herrmann's body was discovered Saturday morning.

July 28, 2019 - 2:01 pm

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WWJ) -- The search for a 38-year-old Brighton man has ended with the discovery of his body in Lake Michigan.

The Mason County Sheriff's Office says Brian Herrmann's body was found Saturday morning about 150 feet offshore, roughly eight miles north of where he was swept into the lake.

Herrmann was swimming near the mouth of the Big Sable River near Ludington State Park on Thursday with his wife and two children when they were swept into the lake. His wife and children were rescued from the water near the state park, but his body had not been found.

Rescue efforts on Friday came up empty and called the search off due to poor weather, before resuming the search Saturday.

The drowning was the third incident in a little more than a week where the Big Sable River meets Lake Michigan. Authorities believe heavy rains over the last few weeks have caused the river to rush more rapidly, creating stronger currents harder for swimmers to deal with. Officials said eight people were sucked out of the same river into the lake, and rescue crews have been busy along Lake Michigan shorelines.

The National Weather Service is urging all swimmers to use extreme caution near Lake Michigan.