***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly credited a deputy with rescuing the wife and two children. We apologize for this error, which has since been corrected.***
LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) — For the third time in a week, authorities are searching for a missing person in Lake Michigan near Ludington.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office said that around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, a couple and their two children were swept out of the mouth of the Big Sable River into the lake.
The sheriff’s office says beachgoers rescued a woman and her two children from the water. Two deputies at Ludington State Park were also there when it happened and one of them, who was wearing a life jacket, went in to try to rescue the man, to no avail.
Crews spent the rest of the day looking for the last person, a 38-year-old man. The sheriff’s office, U.S. Coast Guard, state park officers, Ludington police, six area fire departments, U.S. Forest Service and Mason County Emergency management were all aiding in the search.
Deputies are asking people to avoid the area and not enter the water.
Two other swimmers have disappeared in that and nearby stretches of water within the last several days.
Last week, 14-year-old Albrianna Jane Huck disappeared while visiting Stearns Beach with relatives. Two hours later, good Samaritans spotted Albrianna in the water north of Stearns Park, pulled her to shore and began CPR. She died at a hospital later that night.
On Tuesday, the body of 18-year-old Daniel McCarthy of Baldwin was recovered after a search that lasted the better part of two days. A remotely controlled underwater robot came across the body in about 18 feet of water about 300 yards from shore at Ludington State Park.
As a result, the sheriff’s office is asking the state to close the Sable River outlet at the state park until lake levels go down.
Officials are also warning people to be cautious of Lake Michigan, which is seeing fast currents at river mouths due to high river levels caused by rain. They also pointed out high water may hide dangers under the surface.
You can check online to see if beach hazards are in effect before heading out to the water.