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Kalea Hall
Associated Press

South Haven – Divers on Thursday located the body of a man who disappeared in Lake Michigan while trying to save a child, the fourth drowning from a day earlier in west Michigan.

Anthony Diehl, 33, from Beaver Creek, Ohio, was recovered by divers from the Allegan County Sheriff's Department, according to a post by South Haven Area Emergency Services. He may have been trying to help a 7-year-old boy who was struggling Wednesday in the water in South Haven. The 7-year-old also drowned.

Emergency personnel responded at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to the reports of people distressed in the water at North Beach in South Haven, where the 7-year-old from Texas washed ashore. He was transported to Bronson Hospital in South Haven, where he later died. Diehl was still missing at the time.

Crews began rescue efforts Wednesday at North Beach in South Haven.

Efforts to search for him were delayed by rough lake conditions until Thursday morning. Dive teams from Van Buren County, the United States Coast Guard and Great Lakes Search and Rescue aided in the recovery efforts, SHAES said.

Separately, the body of a 60-year-old man was recovered from the Grand River channel to Lake Michigan in Ottawa County.

A 16-year-old boy drowned at another park along the lake in Ottawa County.

“Unfortunately a lot of folks don’t pay attention to the red flags,” Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott said. “You’ve got to stay out of the water when it’s rough like this and a lot of times it’s people who are not from the community. They don’t understand the undertow.”