Man dies following water emergency at state park

July 9, 2024

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — A 45-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon following a water emergency at the mouth of the Big Sable River at the Ludington State Park.

According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 1:49 p.m. for a report of a person struggling in the water.

Several persons entered the water in an effort to assist the subject, however, by the time he was reached he had slipped under the surface,” Cole reported.  “Those citizens who responded were able to locate the victim under the surface and pull him to a raft, and then to shore where CPR was started.”

The victim was transported by ambulance to Corewell Health Ludington Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 2:50 p.m., according to Cole, who is stating the probable cause of death is drowning.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification, Cole said. According to dispatch information from Mason-Oceana 911, the victim was 45 years old.

Emergency units responding to the scene included Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Hamlin Township Fire Department, Ludington Fire Department, Life EMS, Ludington Police Department, Michigan State Police and Ludington State Park personnel.

The death is the second water-related death to occur in Mason County this year. In February, Thomas Patrick Moran, 70, of Livonia, died while fishing on the Pere Marquette River in Branch Township. According to Sheriff Cole, Moran’s death was determined to be a drowning. The last Lake Michigan drowning to occur in Mason County happened on Sept. 3, 2023 when an 82-year-old Midland, Mich. man drowned at Summit Township Park.


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