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Search to resume for 19-year-old swimmer missing in Lake Michigan

Posted at 10:58 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 23:58:58-04

CUDAHY — A massive search effort was called off in the water for a 19-year-old swimmer who went missing Monday in Lake Michigan.

The search was called off just before 10 p.m. because it was dark and getting dangerous.

“Our fire crews responded. It was a very difficult area. ... Unfortunately I cannot tell you that we have made a rescue or recovery at this time,” said Chief Dan Mayer of the Cudahy Fire Department.

The fire department said the crews will likely start their search in the water again sometime after 7 a.m. Tuesday. They said they are still calling this a search effort, not a recovery.

The Cudahy Fire Department said three people went to the lake after 6 p.m. Monday.

One of the swimmers, a 19-year-old man, started having problems in the water and went under, officials said.

Another friend tried to rescue the teen but could only save themselves in the water, according to officials.

The third person ran up the bank to get someone to call 911.

The 19-year-old has not been seen since.

Milwaukee and South Milwaukee’s fire dive team were in the water searching before they were called off.

The Coast Guard had its helicopter up and was continuing to check the lake.

The fire departments also had their all-terrain vehicles out searching along the shore.