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UPDATE: Medical Examiners Determine Grand Traverse Drownings as "Dry Drownings"

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Now an update on two weekend drownings in Grand Traverse county.

16-year-old Miles Smith was found dead off the shore of the Sands Motel in Traverse City.

Michael Michalski's body was found near the dock at the Fife Lake Beach Park.

Both victims were discovered unresponsive in about 5 feet of water on Sunday.

The medical examiner says these were "dry drownings," meaning there was no water found in their lungs.

Cold water temperatures can aggravate the throat, making it difficult to breathe.

In this case, the aggravation made it impossible to breathe.

The examiner is now working on toxicology reports for both victims, but doesn't expect to find anything suspicious. 

 

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Now an update on two weekend drownings in Grand Traverse county.

16-year-old Miles Smith drowned Sunday at the Sands Motel in Traverse City.

Police say Smith was visiting from Wyandotte.

We still don't know the identity of the weekend's second drowning victim.

His body was found at the Fife Lake Beach Park near the dock Sunday.

Both victims were found unresponsive in about 5 feet of water.

The sheriff's department says they are waiting to hear from the medical examiner for details about how each victim drowned. 

Both incidents are still under investigation.

9 and 10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spoke to the U.S. Coast Guard in Traverse City to learn more safety tips even the most experienced swimmers should know. 

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