Lansing man among 4 drownings across state

LANSING, MICH. - A Lansing man died in a drowning incident early Saturday night at Holland State Park, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday. 

A police dispatcher said the incident took place about 6:30 p.m. at the park. No other details, including the man's identity, were made public Sunday morning. 

The incident remains under investigation and police are expected to release the man's name once his family is identified. 

Police were called to the park just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a possible water rescue. 

The man died at a local hospital after bystanders pulled him from the water and tried to perform CPR.

Police said waves were 1-2 feet at the time of the incident; the water was around 60 degrees; yellow "caution" flags were flying in the area. 

Bob Pratt, the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project's director, told the State Journal the Lansing man was 27 years old. The man's death, Pratt said, marks the 560th fatal drowning on the Great Lakes since 2010.

Pratt said nearly half of all drowning deaths take place on Lake Michigan, a powerful body of water that's often underestimated. 

“It’s really more of an inland sea than just a lake," Pratt said. "It has currents; it has waves; it has wind." 

The death is one of four drownings reported this weekend across the state. In Wayne County, a 61-year-old man drowned in Belleville Lake. A 23-year-old woman disappeared while swimming at Clear Lake in St. Joseph County, 40 miles south of Kalamazoo. In northern Michigan, authorities are looking for the body of a man in Lake Margrethe in Crawford County.

For information about water safety and ways to prevent drowning visit www.glsrp.org.

 Information from the Associated Press is included in this report.

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