Alexandria man likely drowned in Michigan lake

July 27, 2013

An Alexandria man likely drowned in a Michigan lake Friday afternoon, police said.

The 58-year-0ld man, whose name has not been released, was found by the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office dive team in about 50 feet of water in Long Lake, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Two men tried to swim from a small island in the lake to the mainland, Sheriff Thomas J. Bensley said in a telephone interview. The victim yelled to the survivor that he couldn’t make it to the mainland, and would turn back to the island, Bensley said. The survivor reached the mainland.

Drownings are not a common occurrence in Long Lake, Bensley said.

Police received a call around 12:20 p.m. from a resident in Long Lake Township, the release said.

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