Body of missing swimmer found Tuesday evening.

July 23, 2019

Body of missing swimmer found Tuesday evening.

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — The body of Daniel McCarthy, 18, of Lake County was located this evening. Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said McCarthy’s body was located approximately 300 yards from shore at a depth of 18 feet by Michigan State Police Marine Services Team’s Underwater Autonomous Vehicle and Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. A Mason County Sheriff Department Dive Team member than retrieved Daniel at 8:46 pm. 

Daniel McCarthy

“The Mason County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the community’s support during the past two days of searching,” Cole said. “While the outcome of this situation is tragic, we are thankful to be able to bring some closure to the family and friends of Daniel. The past few day’s incidents have been long and tiring for our emergency responders, but the dedication of all personnel involved is to be commended. We had great support from our partner agencies and the private businesses that provided materials.”

Cole was also referring to the drowning of Albrianna Jane Huck, 14, of Ludington, in Lake Michigan on Thursday, July 18, 2019. 

An autopsy of McCarthy will be conducted in the coming days. 

“This tragedy is an example of how dangerous currents can be on Lake Michigan,” Cole said. “Parents and individuals are encouraged to educate themselves on the daily swim risk before venturing out into Lake Michigan. Visit https://www.weather.gov/greatlakes/beachhazards for more information.

“The torrential rain that occurred this past weekend has created dangerous river conditions. The Sauble (Sable), Lincoln and Pere Marquette rivers are full to their banks, and the high flows may create life-threatening conditions at the Lake Michigan outlets. The high river levels may also be hiding dangerous snags or hazards under the surface of the water. Please do not swim in the mouth of rivers until they have receded back to normal levels.

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