Search for missing swimmer scaled back due to hazardous conditions.

July 23, 2019

Search for missing swimmer scaled back due to hazardous conditions.

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP – The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has scaled search efforts in Lake Michigan Tuesday evening, July 23, for missing swimmer Daniel McCarthy, 18, of Lake County due to hazardous conditions.

McCarthy went missing Monday, July 22, while swimming near the mouth of the Big Sauble River at Ludington State Park. He and several other people had been swept out into Lake Michigan. The others were able to get to safety, but McCarthy remains missing.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole warns residents not to swim in river outlets on Lake Michigan due to extremely high water levels from last weekend’s storm and to be aware of dangerous currents on the lake.

“Search efforts for Daniel McCarthy are continuing but will be scaled back this evening, July 23, due to lake conditions and personnel safety,” said Sheriff Cole. “Emergency response officials have, through discussions with the National Weather Service Grand Rapids office, determined that the current lake conditions and water temperatures have limited effective search methods.

“The Michigan State Police Marine Services Team’s Underwater Autonomous Vehicle is continuing to conduct searches for Daniel. Additional resources are on stand-by and will be requested if needed.

“The public is reminded to be aware of dangerous currents that are possible on Lake Michigan. The torrential rain that occurred this past weekend has created dangerous river conditions. The Sauble, 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.

“The Mason County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the dedication and assistance from all of the agencies, personnel, and businesses that continue to support the search efforts. Jimmy John’s, Mancino’s and @ The Y Country Store graciously donated food and supplies for the search personnel. All Seasons Port-A-Jon donated the use of a bathroom, at the relief of search personnel.”

Assisting at the scene are Ludington State Park personnel, Hamlin Township Fire Department, Ludington Police Department, Michigan State Police, Mason County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s UAV Unit, Custer Fire Department, Scottville Fire Department and Life EMS.

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