Man drowns in Lake St. Clair Metropark

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News
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A man in his early 20s drowned Sunday while swimming in Lake St. Clair, officials said.

The incident occurred around 7:26 p.m. when the man met friends at Lake St. Clair Metropark, according to George Phifer, police chief and deputy director of Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

The man, whose name was not released, stayed in the lake and swam after the rest of group came ashore.

“They were looking out at him and they saw he was struggling,” Phifer said. “At first they weren’t sure if he wasn’t playing. By the time they went out there, he went under.”

It took about five or 10 minutes before the man was located on the bottom of the lake. He was brought ashore and administered CPR, then taken to McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Phifer said.

It was unclear if alcohol was a factor in the incident. An autopsy will be performed within the next few days.

This the third drowning at Huron-Clinton Metroparks this season. Two other drownings occurred at Stony Creek Metro Park.

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