Police: father drowns in Lake Michigan while trying to rescue his 2 kids

by: WOODTV.com staff

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WOOD) — St, Joseph Police say a father drowned in Lake Michigan while trying to save his two children who were struggling in the water.

Officers with the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety were called around 8 p.m. Thursday for a report of a water rescue in Lake Michigan at Lions Park Beach.

Police said a 44-year-old Indiana man tried to save his two children, ages 12 and 17, who were struggling in the water after they got swept away by an undertow.

The children were rescued by St. Joseph Reserve Officer Everett Gaston, however, their father drowned while trying to save them, police said.

The man's name is not being released pending family notification.


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