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Teenage boy drowns at Lake Michigan beach

Posted at 12:13 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 12:13:01-04

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — A family trip turned to tragedy when a 13-year-old boy drowned on Saturday, July 13 in Lake Michigan while he and his family were visiting South Haven.

Witnesses called 911 when the boy and an accompanying adult drifted away from shore while swimming and became too tired to swim back.

A paddleboarder rescued the adult.

Rescuers found the boy about 100 yards away from shore more than 20 minutes after first responders arrived.

South Haven Area Emergency Services announced Saturday that the Ann Arbor boy, died despite emergency responders' CPR and rescue attempts.

Swimming conditions for swimming began on Saturday with a green flag for all South Haven beaches, but officials upgraded to a yellow flag around 11 a.m. as wind and wave conditions changed.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office also assisted the South Haven Area Emergency Services.

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