Bodies of Missing Boys Recovered From Lake Michigan: Officials

June 8, 2020 Updated: June 8, 2020

Search efforts to find the second boy who went missing in Michigan over the weekend ended with a tragic discovery on Monday after a dive team pulled the body of a 17-year-old out of the water.

The body of Christian Ngabo of Grand Rapids was recovered from Lake Michigan around 9 a.m. on Monday shortly after deputies continued their search, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eric Westveer said in a statement. The discovery comes one day after deputies recovered the body of 6-year-old Iain Rowe of Ferrysburg late on Sunday, who was last seen in waist-deep water in Lake Michigan on June 6.

Autopsies will be performed to show what exactly caused their deaths. At this time, no foul play is suspected, the sheriff’s office said.

“Our condolences to his loved ones,” a sheriff’s office official said.

The teen went missing while swimming with his older brother on June 6, local outlet WHTC reported. Witnesses spotted rip currents in the lake that day and the two were swimming in conditions with four to six feet of waves.

Rip currents are hazardous to swimmers and make up about 80 percent of beach rescues and kill about 100 people in the United States annually. They are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that can reach moving speeds of up to eight feet per second, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A sign announces "Danger Rip Current"
A sign announces “Danger Rip Current” in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Oct. 28, 2012. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Whenever there are waves of sufficient energy, rip currents—simply called “rips”—can form. In the United States, they are widespread along the East, Gulf, and West coasts, as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes.

Both teens began to struggle in the water and Ngabo’s 19-year-old brother managed to get to shore safely. According to The Detroit Free-Press, the older brother was saved by bystanders after they threw a life ring.

Ngabo was last seen by witnesses swimming approximately 40 to 50 yards from shore, Westveer said.

Ngabo and Rowe went missing the same day, in apparent unrelated instances.

Rowe’s body was found one day later at about 7:15 p.m. by the sheriff’s county dive team along the rocks just north of the Holland channel.

Following the incident, Michigan State Park officials closed the park for diving teams. The park was reopened to the public Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said the two incidents are not related, but an investigation remains open. Anyone with information is asked to contact OCSO at 1-800-249-0911.

From NTD News