Swimmer’s body found in Lake Michigan at Ludington

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An undated courtesy photo of Daniel McCarthy via 9&10 News.

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) — After searching for the better part of two days, authorities on Tuesday found the body of a swimmer who went missing in Lake Michigan at Ludington.

The body of Daniel McCarthy, 18, of Baldwin, was recovered around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said.

A remotely controlled underwater robot came across the body in about 18 feet of water about 300 yards from shore at Ludington State Park.

An autopsy will be conducted, authorities say.

Emergency crews were called to the lake shortly before 3 p.m. Monday after eight people were swept out into the water. All but one, McCarthy, were soon accounted for. A woman told deputies that she had last seen him struggling to stay above water about 150 yards from shore.

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Crews search for 18-year-old Daniel McCarthy in Lake Michigan at Ludington. (July 23, 2019)

The search continued after sunset Monday, paused overnight and then resumed Tuesday morning. On Tuesday evening, the search was scaled back to remotely controlled and autonomous underwater vehicles due to lake conditions.

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Crews search for 18-year-old Daniel McCarthy in Lake Michigan at Ludington. (July 23, 2019)

In addition to the sheriff’s office, the U.S. Coast Guard, Ludington Police Department, state park rangers and firefighters helped in the search.

McCarthy is the second swimmer to disappear in that section of Lake Michigan within the last several days. On Thursday evening, 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.

The sheriff’s office warned people to be wary of the currents in Lake Michigan and swift waters at river mouths, urging them to check to see if beach hazard warnings are in effect before heading out into the water.

**Images courtesy 9&10 News

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