Grand Rapids man drowns in Upper Peninsula lake

GR man drowns in UP lake

WATERSMEET TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A 24-year-old Grand Rapids man is dead after drowning in Watersmeet Township.

Gogebic County sheriff deputies say the Sang-Mook Yoon was swimming in East Bear Lake with a group of campers on Sunday July 2, 2017.

The Sheriff's Department reports that when other swimmers left the water about 7:30 pm, they realized they could no longer see one person from the group. That person was Yoon.

Yoon was an international student at Cornerstone University. Bob Sack, Vice President of Advancement and Communications at Cornerstone, says the other people with Yoon searched the water for him. 

The Gogebic County Sheriff's Department arrived after the call.  Rescue crews from several departments searched the lake without success until dark.

The search resumed Monday morning and Yoon was found shortly before 10:00 a.m.

Cornerstone University released the following statement after receiving word of Yoon's death;

The Cornerstone University community was deeply saddened today to learn that one of our students, Sang Yoon, passed away while swimming on a camping trip with friends in the Upper Peninsula.

In addition to full-time studies as a psychology major, Sang worked for Cornerstone's food service team. Sang was a deeply loved member of the campus community, involved in discipleship, worship, and prayer ministries.

Information regarding counseling services and opportunities to gather as a community will be available on the CU website in the days ahead. Questions can be directed to the Student Development department at student.development@cornerstone.edu or 616-222-1423.

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