UPDATE: Search Continues for Missing Swimmer in Lake Michigan
A strong current pulled 18-year-old Daniel McCarthy and eight other swimmers away from shore around 3 p.m.
The sheriff’s office says McCarthy, a Baldwin resident, is the only swimmer left unaccounted for.
The Mason County Sheriff tells us that the group was swimming where the Big Sable River meets Lake Michigan.
McCarthy was last seen just a few hundred yards from there.
This is the second missing swimmer search in the area in only four days.
A 14 year old died after getting lost in the water near Stearns Beach Thursday night.
Mason County Emergency Management urges you to know the danger of outflow currents caused by heavy rainfall like we experienced this past weekend.
Sheriff Kim Cole says they advise against swimming in any of these areas right now.
“I think the water levels probably play a little into that, but I also think that Lake Michigan is so unpredictable anyway. And with the current that have been challenging for swimmers and our rescue efforts, Lake Michigan is not very forgiving.”
The sheriff’s office says they would continue looking for him as long as they could Monday night.
State police say they will join the search Tuesday morning with their underwater equipment.
Stick with Northern Michigan’s News Leader for the latest updates.