PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Emergency crews are working two emergencies unfolding at Holland State Park — a missing 6-year-old boy and a 17-year-old who they fear drowned in Lake Michigan.
Multiple crews responded to the park around 5 p.m. Saturday.
Deputies say Iain Rowe, 6, was last seen in water that was waist-deep. Authorities are are not ruling that he is in the water and are looking for him on both land and water.
Emergency crews describe Iain as about 4 feet tall with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing large neon goggles and blue and a white vertically striped swimsuit, deputies say.
Ottawa County officials sent out an emergency alert in the area because rescuers are concerned that the missing child may be near the water. At this point, they said there is no reason to suspect an abduction or anything criminal.
Separate from the missing 6-year-old, crews are also searching for 17-year-old boy who was last seen struggling in the lake.
The 17-year-old has been identified as Christian Ngabo of Grand Rapids.
Witnesses told authorities that Ngabo and his 19-year-old brother were swimming in the water when they began to struggle. The 19-year-old started to swim back and witnesses nearby threw him a flotation device. He was able to get back to shore safely.
Ngabo was last seen struggling in the lake about 40 or 50 yards away from shore.
Shortly after 9 p.m., law enforcement asked people at the beach to evacuate. Both the beach and park were closed.
Deputies say waves were about 4-6 feet tall and witnesses reported a rip current.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coastguard are continuing to look for both missing people.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 1.800.249.0911.