LUDINGTON, MI – Daniel McCarthy, 18-years-old, of Baldwin, went missing Monday afternoon after swimming in Lake Michigan at Ludington State Park.
Search efforts for Daniel McCarthy have concluded. Daniel was located approximately 300 yards from shore at a depth of 18 feet by Michigan State Police Marine Services Team’s Underwater Autonomous Vehicle and Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. A Mason County Sheriff Department Dive Team member than retrieved Daniel at 8:46 pm.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the community’s support during the past two days of searching. “We’re happy to be able to bring some closure to the family and friends of Daniel.” Kim Cole, Mason County Sheriff. “The past few day’s incidents have been long and tiring for our emergency responders, but the dedication of all personnel involved is to be commended. We had great support from our partner agencies and the private businesses that provided materials.”
An autopsy will be conducted in the coming days.
This tragedy is an example of how dangerous currents can be on Lake Michigan. Parents and individuals are encouraged to educate themselves on the daily swim risk before venturing out into Lake Michigan. Visit for more information.
The torrential rain that occurred this past weekend has created dangerous river conditions. The Suable, Lincoln and Pere Marquette Rivers are full to their banks, and the high flows may create life-threatening conditions at the Lake Michigan Outlets. The high river levels may also be hiding dangerous snags or hazards under the surface of the water. Please do NOT swim in the mouth of rivers until they have receded back to normal levels.
The following businesses supported our search efforts: Jimmy Johns, Mancinos, @ The Y Country Store, Stix’s Bar, and All Seasons Port-A-Jon
The following agencies assisted in the search efforts: the Ludington State Park, Hamlin Township Fire Department, Ludington Police Department, Michigan State Police, Mason County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s UAV Unit, Custer Fire Department, Scottville Fire Department, Life EMS, Mason-Oceana Central Dispatch, and Sheriff’s Victim’s Assistance Unit.