SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A Coast Guard boat scanned the water and helicopter hovered over South Haven’s north beach after a 20-year-old Lansing man was last seen walking into the waves and never came out just after 9 p.m. Sunday night.
The Coast Guard, assisted by the South Haven Area Emergency Service and Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, had to suspend the search for the man after conditions on Lake Michigan prevented them from sending a dive team to search further Sunday night.
A Coast Gaurd helicopter returned to the area of the man’s disappearance Monday morning to continue the search.
According to police, moments before the Lansing man went missing, another man in his late teens or early twenties was swept off the North Pier and into the Black River.
Good Samaritans nearby spotted the individual and threw life rings. They were quickly able to pull him to safety onto the South Pier.
As crews were about to clear this scene, they were notified of the Lansing man’s disappearance, halfway between the North Pier and North Beach concession area.
Officials say red flags were flying at the beach at the time of both incidents.
As of 4 p.m. on Monday, officials said lake conditions were favorable and flew green flags. Search and dive teams from several agencies along with private rescue teams are continuing to search until further notice.
The North Beach remains closed Monday while crews decide what their next steps will be.