Rochester Hills — A 27-year-old Royal Oak man drowned while swimming with friends Thursday night in a lake at Thelma Spencer Park, Oakland County Sheriff's deputies report.

The victim, who was not named, was visiting the park at 3710 John R Road about 7:22 p.m. with four friends. The friends told lifeguards they all went into the water together and when they came out, they realized he had not come up with them.

Lifeguards found the victim in about 10 feet of water in the swimming area, according to a preliminary report.

The man was taken to Troy Beaumont Hospital by the Rochester Hills Fire Department and was pronounced dead. The sheriff's marine division will complete the investigation, deputies said Friday.

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