UPDATE 6:00 P.M. (WLNS) – What was supposed to be a fun Tuesday night to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, turned into a tragedy that led to the death of two men.
Around 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Jackson County Sheriff’s officials arrived at Vandercook Lake County Park after receiving a call of a 45-year-old man who was missing in the water.
Deputies say the man, a woman and two children were swimming on a flotation device when it flipped over.
The children and woman luckily swam to the surface, but the man never resurfaced.
One neighbor says she saw the drowning unfold in front of her.
“We were just going to go on a boat ride and there was this guy and he was screaming and apparently a baby fell in the water so the dad tried to help it, so he was trying to push the baby up and then they got the baby up and then he went down, and they were like call 911,” said Aaralyn Tripp.
The 45-year-old man’s body was found by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Dive Team about an hour and a half later.
Soon after that drowning was reported, authorities were called to another drowning at Wolf Lake in Napoleon Township.
Deputies say a man who was struggling to stay afloat in the water was missing.
Bystanders tried to help find the man, but it was too late. His body was found on Wednesday morning.
People who live nearby say they’re shocked to hear what happened, but had a feeling something was up.
“We were on the lake watching the fireworks on a pontoon boat and with a few minutes left in the fireworks show, we saw a helicopter suddenly appear over the horizon and started circling the lake,” said Mike Bryson.
“I saw this car coming down very fast down the road with the sheriff right on his tail. We were wondering what was going on because I mean we’ve been coming here for so many years and never saw the sheriff drive down this road like that,” Therese Oller stated.
The names of the drowning victims have not yet been released, but 6 News will be sure to keep you updated.
JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – Two men are dead after two separate drownings Tuesday night.
Both happened in Jackson County.
Deputies got the first call around 9 p.m. to Vandercook Lake County Park.
They say a 45-year-old man, some women, and two kids were swimming on a floating foam mat when it flipped over.
The women and children surfaced, but the man did not. The county’s dive team and marine patrols joined firefighters, first responders, and citizens in the search.
They found his body about an hour and a half later in about 16 feet of water. He was taken to Allegiance Health where he was pronounced dead.
At around 9:40 p.m., while the Vandercook Lake search was going on, deputies got reports of another possible drowning on Wolf Lake. Witnesses say a man was spotted struggling in the water. Bystanders jumped in to help, but couldn’t find him.
The sheriff department’s Marine Division was on the lake at the time and also joined the search, but were not able to find him at the time.
They went out again Wednesday morning and found him shortly after 11 a.m.
Deputies have not publicly identified the men as they continue to notify their families.
Stay tuned to 6 News as we continue to follow this story.