Authorities ID body surfer who drowned in Lake MI

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Drone 8's view over Lake Michigan at Port Sheldon. (file)

PORT SHELDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County authorities have identified the man who drowned in Lake Michigan while body surfing Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. near the north pier of Pigeon Lake in Port Sheldon Township, between Holland and Grand Haven, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say 60-year-old Kenneth Phillips, from Grand Haven Township, was body surfing with his brother when he began to struggle. The brother told authorities he tried to swim them both back to shore, but was impeded by waves up to about five feet and a rip current.

He called for help, and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Port Sheldon Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard responded.

Sheriff’s officials pulled Phillips from the water. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities said they were still investigating the drowning.

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