Police identify 2 Lake Michigan drowning victims as young adults from Metro Detroit

Crowded beach (Katie Swift, This image is subject to copyright.)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. – Two people who drowned in Lake Michigan on Monday in South Haven have been identified as young adults from the Metro Detroit area.

South Haven Police responded to the lake at South Beach in South Haven on Monday afternoon. When they arrived, bystanders had pulled two people from the water. Both were unresponsive. They were transported to a local hospital where they later died, WOOD-TV reported.

Police identified the victims as 22-year-old Kory Ernster, from Novi, Michigan and 19-year-old Emily MacDonald from Columbus Township, which is in St. Clair County, WOOD-TV reported.

At the time, the city of South Haven had a yellow flag up, indicating “moderate” conditions for swimmers, but a red flag was issued later in the day.

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