Ludington Community Shaken After Tragic Week on Lake Michigan

The search for Brian Hermann was suspended Friday afternoon in Ludington.

With two drownings and an active search underway, it’s been a tough week for Mason County emergency crews and the community they serve.

This difficult week has impacted people who live in Ludington and those visiting the area.

I’ve heard some local people say we love our lake, it’s beautiful, but it can get angry,” said Phillip Rogers.

It’s impossible not to see the power of Lake Michigan on days like Friday.

That had people for the most part spending their day out of the water.

Phillip Rogers is here on vacation with his family.

“We love this place and we come every year, almost every year and this time it’s just been different because when we got here, there was this immediate feeling of tragedy. We heard about the 14-year-old girl and then we were on Hamlin Lake when the second one happened, and I came here this morning and I said I don’t think we’re going to swim here,” said Rogers.

Dagan Zimmerman is also here on vacation. We caught him teaching his daughter about the dangers of rip currents.

“Just to make sure that she can be safe when she gets older and remembers that stuff, she’s still learning how to swim,” said Zimmerman.

Both say there’s a noticeable sense of sadness hanging over the area after three tragedies on the lake.

“It’s kind of surreal because it’s so beautiful, yet it’s so dangerous right now, it’s kind of crazy,” said Zimmerman.