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Bodies Recovered from Saugatuck Dunes State Park


LAKESHORE, MI (WKZO) -- They have now recovered both bodies lost off Saugatuck Dunes State park earlier this week.

22 year old Bradley stoner’s body was found just before 10:30 last night three miles south of the Saugatuck peir.  Stoner was from Livonia.

Soon after they called off the search, yesterday afternoon the body of 46 year old Daniel Reed of Redford was spotted by swimmers near Oval Beach, about two miles south of the spot where they vanished.   

The two men They waded out in the 4 to 6 foot waves on Tuesday and were knocked off their feet and swept away from shore by rip currents.  Efforts by others on the beach to save them were beaten back by the surf.  

The men were either unaware or had ignored red flag warnings.

Over 2-dozen have died in Lake Michigan so far this summer, more than any other of the Great Lakes, mainly because of the rip-tides.

The lessons about rip currents continue to be learned the hard way. 

A veteran of dealing with such rescue efforts, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sergeant Keith Koeman, can’t stress enough the importance of “safety first.”  Swimmers can learn from surfers, who never go out without a wetsuit, and a board and take other precautions.

Koeman says posting lifeguards at the state parks would help, but he  understands the economic impossibility of that right now.