DEVELOPING: Crews Searching for 12-Year-Old Boy Swept Off Frankfort Pier
Crews are searching for a 12-year-old boy after he was swept off the Frankfort Pier on Monday.
The Benzie County Sheriff said that no recovery was made Monday night and that they will resume the search on Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office says it is no longer an active rescue, but a search and recovery.
The sheriff’s office had crews on Lake Michigan searching in the water and the U.S. Coast Guard was circling from above with their helicopter.
The sheriff’s office says a family visiting from Tennessee was walking on the pier Monday when three kids were swept off the pier.
A family member was able to rescue two of the children, but a 12-year-old boy is still missing.
“We’re going to do everything that we can to recover him, that’s the least we can do for the family. But the conditions are just are not favorable for that right now,” said Sheriff Ted Shendel.
A group of volunteers are also helping with the search.
The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT of Benzie County, arrived at the pier shortly after first responders.
The group’s main focus is to help in any possible and to make it easier for first responders to do their job as effectively as possible.
These volunteers are also trained in things like CPR.
“We help first responders by responding secondarily. Usually that means taking care of traffic so they can do what they are professionals at. And we take care of traffic quite often or in this case we’ll do searches up and down the beaches,” said David Hanchett, Benzie CERT Coordinator.
Be sure to stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we work to keep you updated about this search and recovery effort.