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Six People Drown in Lake Michigan


UNDATED -- At least 6 people have died in the waters off Lake Michigan.

The latest was the drowning of a 26-year-old man who was swimming off Silver Beach near St. Joseph when he drowned last evening.  Police were notified just before 8 last evening. There had been red flag warnings issued all day along the lakeshore, warning swimmers of the potential for riptides off shore.

Friday evening, 49-year-old Mark Scheuer dove into the lake to rescue his 9-year-old son, who was struggling in the water at Grand Haven State Park. The boy was saved, but Scheuer was quickly overcome by the water conditions and drowned. His body was found the next morning, in the water near the spot where he disappeared.

4 people are missing and presumed dead after their private plane experienced engine problems on their way across the lake, and ditched about 5 miles off the coast of Ludington trying to make it back to land.

Pilot Jerry Freed was the only one rescued alive.

He was taking a cancer patient to the Mayo Clinic for treatment. Also on board were his co-pilot, the cancer patient’s wife and his doctor.

The coast guard suspended the search yesterday afternoon because of 6 foot waves, but it’s expected to resume this morning, weather permitting.

A seventh person drowned in the Grand River in Ottawa County when the Pontoon Boat he was riding on lurched and he fell into the water Friday night. The Ottawa County Dive Team used side-scan sonar to find the body of 48 year old Jeffrey Scott Arens of Robinson Township early Saturday morning. The operator of the boat was arrested for being drunk.