Emergency crews searching Lake Michigan for missing man.

July 25, 2019

Emergency crews searching Lake Michigan for missing man.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — Emergency crews were dispatched to the Ludington State Park about 3:15 p.m. today for the second water emergency there in 48 hours. According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the male subject was last seen about 3:13 p.m. near the Sable River outlet at Lake Michigan.

Personnel from Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Hamlin Township Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard (air and water crews), Ludington Police/Fire harbor patrol, the Mason County Dive Team, and Ludington State Park were initially called to the beach house and immediately started searching the area north of the beach house. Waves on Lake Michigan were fairly moderate and a green, safe swimming flag was posted at the beach. However, the current at the mouth of the Sable River clearly was still very active as a result of last weekend’s heavy rains.

Air trailer/vehicle support was called in from Ludington Fire Department and Custer Fire Department (Mason County Rural Fire Authority). Later, personnel from Grant Township were dispatched to begin searching the beach in the Manistee National Forest’s Nordhouse Dunes.

According to the sheriff’s office, the missing man is said to be a white male, 5-feet, 10 inches tall, with short hair, and wearing black and white shorts.

Sheriff Kim Cole is asking people to avoid the area and not enter the water.

As of 5:40 p.m. the search was continuing.

Since Thursday, July 18, two people have drowned in Lake Michigan in Mason County. On Thursday, Albrianna Jane Huck, 14, of Ludington, drowned along the shoreline near Stearns Park while on Tuesday, July 23, Daniel McCarthy, 18, of Baldwin, drowned near the Sable River outlet at Ludington State Park.

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