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Grand Haven State Park water access closed after 3 near drownings Tuesday night

Multiple water rescues and red flag conditions preempted the closure.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Grand Haven State Park's water access is closed to the public Tuesday night due to red flag conditions, Ottawa County Dispatch says.

Grand Haven officials said there were also "multiple water emergencies" that shut down the park. Police later confirmed there were three near drownings that lead to the closure.

The rescues began with a 28-year-old woman from Holland was struggling to get to shore. Her 24-year-old husband attempted to help her, but began struggling against the current as well. Both were safely on shore by the time police arrived.

A second call was made to police during this incident, in which a 35-year-old father from Comstock Park attempted to save his 12-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son from drowning. The trio were saved by an off-duty Grand Haven Public Safety Officer and other beachgoers. 

While still at the beach, officers learned of a third water safety rescue involving a 28-year-old Okemos woman. Officers helped the woman's husband to safely brought her back to shore.

Officers then cleared the water. The beach remains open, but no one is allowed to swim.

Lake conditions will be reevaluated Wednesday morning to decide if the water access will reopen. 


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