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(Updated 12/31/2017, 2:25 p.m.)

2017.12.31 Great Lakes Drowning Statistics  2017.12.31 Lake Michigan Drowning Statistics

88  Great Lakes Drownings in 2017 

625 Great Lakes Drownings since 2010 (+/-)

GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announces its current drowning statistics. In 2017, the GLSRP is tracking 88 Great Lakes drownings.  Overall since 2010, the GLSRP has tracked 625 Great Lakes drownings.  Full statistics here  (74 drownings in 2010; 87 in 2011; 101 in 2012, 67 in 2013, 54 in 2014, 55 in 2015, 99 in 2016, and 88 to date in 2017). Note: * = (+/-) Awaiting 100% confirmation of drowning.

LAKE MICHIGAN = 40 plus 4 critical or unknown condition

  1. 01/01/2017 – John Doe, M-50, Man dies after being rescued from Lake Michigan early New Year’s Day – A 50-year-old man died while swimming in Lake Michigan New Year’s Day, fire officials who retrieved the man from the water said. The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was wearing some type of rubberized suit, a Chicago Fire spokesman said. (SCUBA suit)
  2. 01/30/2017Kevin Marko, M-52, last seen jogging along Lake Michigan on Jan. 30. His body was recovered on 03/13/2017 and identified on 03/16/2017.
  3. 02/13/2017 – Ryan Richard Walsworth, M-50, of Mears – his truck was found parked next to Lake Michigan in Mason County the next day, authorities feared Walsworth had ended up in the lake. (Possible suicide?)
  4. 02/25/2017 – John Doe, M-?, man’s body was pulled from the lake near the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street Beach
  5. 04/17/2017 – Bryan A. Davia, 24,  recovered near the 3200 block of Lake Shore Drive in Belmont Harbor
  6. 04/19/2017 – John Doe, M-? Body pulled from Lake Michigan at Ohio Street Beach
  7. 04/28/2017 – John Doe, M-21 died after the kayak capsized in Lake Michigan near Wisconsin’s Door County midday Friday about 100 yards from shore near the town of Sevastopol, about 12 miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay. He was not wearing a life jacket. The water temperature was about 43 degrees.
  8. 04/28/2017 – John Doe, M-29 died after the kayak capsized in Lake Michigan near Wisconsin’s Door County midday Friday about 100 yards from shore near the town of Sevastopol, about 12 miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay. He was not wearing a life jacket. The water temperature was about 43 degrees.
  9. 05/10/2017 – Donald Walter Schiele, M-65, fell off boat while fishing Wednesday, 300 yards off shore south of the White Lake Channel.
  10. 05/16/2017 – Tianna Hollinside, F-13, Chicago, near Rogers Park 7600 N. Eastlake Terrace on Lake Michigan
  11. 05/16/2017 – Juan Cornelia, M-24, Was in cold water distress in Montrose Harbor near the 500 block of West Montrose
  12. 05/25/2017 – John Doe, M-?, Unidentified body recovered from Whihala Beach, Whiting, IN (XRock 103.9)
  13. 06/04/2017 – Jane Doe, 40’s, went missing Sunday night after going into Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach around 9:30 p.m.
  14. 06/10/2017 – Jane Doe, F-25, pulled from Lake Michigan near Loyola Beach on the North Side at 11:13 p.m. in the 1200 block of Touhy Avenue, according to Chicago Police.
  15. 06/10/2017 – Ghulam Yahya, M-27, Holland State Park, Waves were 1-2 feet at the time, the water temperature was around 60 degrees and the yellow “caution” flags were flying. Bystanders who pulled the man from the water were performing CPR. He was then taken to the hospital, where he died
  16. 06/10/2017 – James Coleman, M-34, Milwaukee man has died after being pulled from Lake Michigan on Saturday night; Shortly before sunset at Klode Park in Whitefish Bay. The water was unbearably cold.
  17. 06/12/2017 – John Doe, M-18, Canoe overturned in West Grand Traverse Bay across from 12068 South West Bay Shore Drive.
  18. 07/03/2017 – James Hammond, M-31, Died Trying to Rescue His Nephew in Water Near 63rd Street Beach
  19. 07/08/2017Johnathan Diaz, M- 22, the man jumped into the water near the Shedd Aquarium at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The victim was under water for 15 minutes, and was later found unresponsive during a rescue by the Fire Department and lifeguards. The man was taken to Northwestern Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, and was pronounced dead.
  20. 07/18/2017 – Sareyi Ahmed, M-14, drowned at Atwater beach in Shorewood — the boy jumped off a break wall just north of the public beach area at the park in the 4000 block of N. Lake Drive.
  21. 07/20/2017 – Michael Kandel, M-28 – According to the U.S. Coast Guard report, the incident happened as the boat, a Boston Whaler, experienced a mechanical failure. One of the people on board went into the water to see if he could determine what the problem was and possibly fix it. A short time later, the person in the water began to experience problems and a second man, who took a child-sized life jacket with him, also went into the water in an attempt to assist the first man. As the two men were in the water, the boat drifted away and ultimately ended up near shore and the people remaining on the boat lost sight of the men in the water.
  22. 07/29/2017Christopher Charnow, M-28, of Royal Oak, Michigan, died while swimming near a beach on the city’s North Side. Authorities were called about 3:45 a.m. to Oak Street Beach near the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive. A woman was able to get out of the water on her own, but a 28-year-old man was lost in crashing waves.
  23. 07/29/2017Jeremy Kennedy, M-26, of Chicago fell from a boat on the South Side. He was getting off a boat early Saturday in the area of Jackson Park Beach near the 5900 block of South Lake Shore Drive when he fell in the water
  24. 07/30/2017Amari Donell Griffin-Brewer, M-16, RACINE — A 16-year-old Racine boy drowned late Sunday afternoon in Lake Michigan while swimming off of Zoo Beach. The teen had been swimming with friends near a sandbar when his girlfriend saw him go under and not resurface.  “The kids were swimming out 50 to 60 feet to the sandbar where it was shallower — about waist-deep — and as they were returning to shore the young man went under. His girlfriend saw him go under and then resurface. And then she saw him go under again and he did not resurface.” “The water was flat and calm, so it wasn’t due the (surface motion of the water) or anything like that. Apparently he could swim,” Payne said. “He may have just taken on a gulp of water, and that’s how drownings occur.”
  25. 08/01/2017Matthew Ramirez, M-4 At Rest 08/05/2017, Harbor County News – 4-year-old boy pulled from Lake Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park. The preliminary investigation revealed several children were playing in the water and family members believed he had exited the water and returned to the beach with other family members.
  26. 08/02/2017 – David O’Shaughnessy, M-? – CHICAGO – unreported SCUBA death off the shipwreck of the Wells Burt, part of a charter diver operation. Reported that CPR was given by Coast Guard and taken to Evanston from Wilmette Harbor. According to Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the diver, David O’Shaughnessy, died of asphyxia. Listed as an accidental drowning. 08/03/2017 Report:  The Coast Guard and Chicago Police Marine units responded to an incident off Wilmette last night in which a scuba diver died. The diver was with a commercial dive group on the boat the “Aquatica,” operated by Windy City Diving, according to the Coast Guard. They were exploring the largely-intact wreck of the 200-foot ship the Wells Burt that went down in a storm in 1883 about 3-miles off-shore in about 40-feet of water.  The Coast Guard and CPD both report they responded to a call of a “diver in distress.” It was a night-time dive and the incident was reported to have occurred at about 8 p.m. The Coast Guard says an experienced diver, 45-year-old male, was coming out of the water on a ladder and was having a tough time and then dropped back into the lake.  A mayday was called and divers on the boat were able to locate the man and get him on-board. The Coast Guard dropped two rescue divers onto the boat and they assisted with CPR and a defibrillator.  CPD took over and brought the man to shore in Evanston, along with Coast Guard personnel assisting on the way. The diver, whose identity has not yet been released, was taken to Northshore Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  27. 08/05/2017 – Kaitlynn Boswinkle, 24, at Marquette Park, Gary, IN – around 7:30 a.m. The three friends exited the water for a short time before Boswinkle returned to the water and swam to a buoy about 200 feet from shore. The two friends then lost sight of Boswinkle and began to look for her. After struggling to fight 5 foot waves and a strong current, they left the water and called 911.  In a Facebook post, Gary police said the beach was closed at the time, and no lifeguards were on duty.  High wave warnings have now been issued for all Gary beaches. No swimming is allowed.
  28. 05/07/2017 – John Doe, M-18, at North Pier in Kenosha. The victim was swimming with a friend at the time and was trying to reach the break wall when harbor currents proved too much for him.
  29. 08/13/2017 – Jane Doe, F-?, Woman pulled from Lake Michigan at McKinley Marina, taken to hospital – unresponsive.
  30. 08/19/2017 – Joseph D. Quagliano, M-20, Quagliano was reported missing Saturday night. He was believed to have been kayaking from Nicolet Bay to Horseshoe Island and expected to return at 4 pm. His vehicle was located at a nearby boat ramp with his cellphone and a life jacket inside. A total of three helicopters aided in the search using infrared cameras overnight to search for a heat signature.
  31. 08/28/2017 – Christopher J. Melik, M-48, The investigation is ongoing but authorities do not believe that Melik’s death is suspicious in nature at this time.
  32. 08/30/2017JC Lindsey , M-18, A swimmer who struggled and went underwater in Lake Michigan off Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Winthrop Harbor was pronounced dead at a local hospital Wednesday afternoon, according to the Lake County coroner’s office. The park’s superintendent, Saki Villalobos, said the waters were calm. There are no lifeguards at the state park.
  33. 08/31/2017 – John Doe, M-55, Just before 12:45 a.m. Thursday, a man and a woman went into Lake Michigan to swim in an area just south of the Ardmore Hollywood Beach. The woman got out of the water, but she noticed the man was struggling in the water. About 2:15 a.m., divers called off the search for the man because of the water conditions, 3-6 foot waves, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The man had not been found as of early Thursday.
  34. 09/01/2017 – John Doe, M-?, Man’s Body Pulled From Lake At 31st Street Beach, Chicago.
  35. 09/13/2017* – Paul Hamilton of Englewood, M-?, Body recovered in Diversy Harbor near North Lake Shore Drive and Diversey Parkway
  36. 09/17/2017 – Nathan Jon Marcus, M-23, of Holland, Udentified as victim of an apparent drowning Sunday, Sept. 17, in Lake Michigan near Tunnel Park. Marcus was riding a personal watercraft around 150 yards from shore, headed south toward the piers at Holland State Park, when he leaned over and fell into the water. A witness reported that the victim, wearing a floatation device, was not moving. A sheriff’s Marine Unit deputy saw the victim face down. The deputy got into the water, turned Marcus over, and swam him to shore to first responders.
  37. 09/24/2017 – Alex Lopez, M-21, of Plainfield, Illinois drowned while kayaking Sunday. Lopez was kayaking with two friends approximately 150 yards offshore from Porter Beach in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore when their kayaks capsized shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.  Lopez was not wearing a life vest. He went under the surface of the water and did not return. His two friends were wearing life jackets and were able to stay afloat and summon help.
  38. 09/24/2017 – Robert Amenitsch, M-66, of Niles, Illinois was being towed on a floating raft at a very low speed behind a boat operated by his son died in apparent drowning. While being pulled slowly, Amenitsch rolled on his back and into the water near the shoreline. Michael, the boat operator, immediately turned the vessel around and found his father unresponsive.
  39. 09/24/2017 – Raymundo Zambrano, M-49, of West Chicago, Illinois died after being found in Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Side near Montrose Beach near the 4400 block of North Lake Shore Drive. An autopsy Monday showed he drowned, and ruled his death an accident.
  40. 10/10/2017 – Daniel Mehedinti, M-82, recovered near Montrose Beach. Waves and dangerous currents present.

Lake Michigan Critical or Unknown Condition = 4

  1. 07/04/2017 – Child pulled from water near 800 block of Pershing Park Drive, Racine, WI. Child reportedly fell off the rocks and was under water. Child transferred to Children’s Hospital. No further information.
  2. 07/06/2017 – Man Reported submerging at Lake Street Beach, Gary, IN – Gary police were notified about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday of a male swimmer at Lake Street Beach who was past the buoys and struggling. A Gary police officer on beach patrol reported he had lost sight of the swimmer
  3. 07/07/2017 – Rescuers end search for possible drowning victim in South Haven
  4. 10/04/2017 – John Doe*, M-24, he was taken from the lake about 10 minutes later, critical condition, near the Adler Planetarium, the 900 block of East Solidarity Drive.  The man was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.


  1. 08/02/2017 – Dennis D Kamento, M-73, was swimming at the beach off of Whitefish Point Rd at Laughing White Fish Point when he was pulled in by an undertow. The Alger County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn all beach goers to use extreme caution when swimming in Lake Superior when the wind and wave conditions are strong.
  2. 08/10/2017 – John Doe, M-38, Father, Daughter Drown in Lake Superior in Duluth – a girl reported that her father, 38, and young sister, 10, had disappeared while swimming in the lake near the Park Point Beach House. High waves and dangerous currents a factor. Authorities say they were from Wisconsin.
  3. 08/10/2017 – Jane Doe, F-10, Father, Daughter Drown in Lake Superior in Duluth – a girl reported that her father, 38, and young sister, 10, had disappeared while swimming in the lake near the Park Point Beach House. High waves and dangerous currents a factor. Authorities say they were from Wisconsin.
  4. 08/13/2017 – Robert Louis, M-59, Body recovered near the site of the boat accident near Au Train Island a short distance off shore between Marquette and Munising. A large wave swamped a pontoon boat Sunday evening, sending all seven occupants overboard. Six of the occupants were rescued
  5. 08/30/2017 – Stanley Szczytko, M-68, was trying to untangle a line to the jib sail of the 42-foot boat Wednesday afternoon near Washburn. When the line was freed he was pulled overboard and wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
  6. 09/24/2017 – Aaron Timmerman*, M-42, of New Hope, Minnesota, was diving Saturday afternoon just north of Split Rock Lighthouse up the North Shore at the popular sight of the Madeira shipwreck. According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses had seen Timmerman surface and call for help, but no one was able to reach him before he went underwater. Two members of the group located him unresponsive on the bottom of the lake. The cause of death remains under investigation.
  7. 10/24/2017 – Robert Anderson, M-53, swept into the Lake by large waves near black rocks at Presque Ilse Park in Marquette. Body recovered 11/22/2017.
  8. 10/24/2017 – Sarah Hall, F-37, swept into the Lake by large waves near black rocks at Presque Ilse Park in Marquette.
  9. 11/26/2017 – Derek S. Hansen*, M-45, of Minnetonka, was found near Split Rock Lighthouse early Saturday. He apparently drowned but added that further details about his death remain under investigation and autopsy results were pending.


  1. 05/31/2017 – Todd Walker, M-37 – On May 31, 2017 at 2:27 p.m., the South Bruce OPP received a missing person report on 37-year-old Walker of Kincardine who was last seen on Campbell Avenue in Kincardine at 11:45 p.m. on May 30, 2017.
  2. 06/11/2017 – Curt Richard Vandevorde, M-61, of Grosse Pointe Farms, on Sunday jumped from the raft he was floating on into Lake Huron. The apparent drowning occurred in the waters off the 3900 block of North US-23 in AuSable Township
  3. 07/08/2017 – John Doe, M-20’s from Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, wave swells exceeding 2 metres, victim was in an inflatable boat near the mouth of the Nottawasaga River, not wearing lifejackets, when it overturned amid rough water conditions. They were renting a cottage in the area.
  4. 07/08/2017 – John Doe, M-20’s from Caledon, Wasaga Beach, wave swells exceeding 2 metres, victim was in an inflatable boat near the mouth of the Nottawasaga River, not wearing lifejackets, when it overturned amid rough water conditions. They were renting a cottage in the area.
  5. 07/08/2017 – Dennis Bowman M-39, paddleboarding without a life-jacket when he fell into the water at Sauble Beach on the Saugeen First Nation, Owen Sound, Ont.
  6. 07/15/2017 – Curtis Herbon, M-22, was found about an eighth of a mile offshore, south of Lighthouse County Park. He apparently attempted to swap kayaks with his friend , causing them to both fall in the lake. His friend was able to swim to shore. Neither were wearing life jackets.
  7. 09/20/2017 – Yvonne Martin*, F-64, The body of a missing Kincardine woman was found in Lake Huron along the Kincardine shoreline Saturday 09/23/2017. Martin had been missing since late Wednesday night when she went to run some errands about 9:40 p.m. and failed to return to her Baird Street home. Police received a missing person report later that night.


  1. 03/01/2017 – John Peters Jr. (Awaiting 100% ID), M-91, of Trumbull County, Ohio, whom authorities suspect might have fallen into Presque Isle Bay after his Dodge Caravan was found  on East Dobbins Landing in Erie shortly before 2:30 a.m. on March 1. Last seen Feb 28. Body Recovered 03/31/2017
  2. 04/01/2017Jane Doe, F-?, body was recovered near West Sister Island, which is about 40 miles east of Toledo.
  3. 04/08/2017 – Jill Trowbridge, F-52, was driving south on Summit Street in Erie Township when her car ran off the road for unknown reasons, then re-entered the road and ran off the road crashing into North Maumee Bay.
  4. 05/14/2017 – Tod Nierodzik, M-57, may have drowned near the Lakeside Yacht Club on North Marginal Road
  5. 05/27/2017 – John Doe, M-?, East Lake, OH. Boating accident behind Village Hall. The 17’ boat may have hit a breakwall. No lifejackets
  6. 05/28/2017Juan Carlos Alfaro, M-25, canoe capsized while fishing on Lake Erie east of County Road 45 in Kingsville. Friends on shore saw his canoe capsize. He was “believed to a non-swimmer” and he wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
  7. 06/14/2017 – John Doe, M-50, vacationing at a resort near Port Colborne, Ont. was 180 metres from shore at the Sherkston Shores Beach Resort. Fell from an inflatable raft or “lounger”. He was out alone and police believe he went out too far and lost control. Early reports suggest the man went out alone in the small craft, but was spotted in distress later. He was last seen by witnesses trying to swim towards shore before they lost sight of him. The lounger was found several hundred meters from where the man was last seen.
  8. 07/04/2017 – Christopher Recznik, M-20, At around 8:30 p.m., authorities confirmed they found the body of the missing 20-year-old man near a break wall in Century Park in Lorain County Lake Erie. He was overcome by waves, which were 2 to 3 feet. Dangerous Currents. No Lifeguards.
  9. 07/23/2017Jyventa Harris,M-21, Two men were on an inflatable watercraft on the lake when they began to struggle at the Beachdale Association, a private beach club at the end of Beachdale Drive, off of Lake Road near the Veterans’ Memorial Park. Authorities believe the men entered the water at Veterans Park, which is right next door. Neither of the men were wearing life vests. One man made it to shore. One drowned.
  10. 08/08/2017 – Tyson Koehn, M-41, of Kingsville was operating a small vessel with four children onboard. One of the children was struggling while swimming, so Koehn got in the water to help. That’s when Koehn began struggling to swim himself and went under the water. The four children were rescued by a passing vessel and a person onshore who swam out to help, the OPP say.
  11. 08/29/2017 – Larry Love*, M-56, died about 5 a.m. Tuesday, some 20 hours after his boat capsized, U.S. Coast Guard Commander Tad Drozdowski said. Cause of death not yet determined.
  12. 09/04/2017 – John Doe, M-?, Coast Guard suspends search for missing swimmer in Lake Erie near Cleveland. He was swimming in the water near a boat when he was hit by a large wave and didn’t resurface. Authorities said he wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
  13. 09/11/2017 – Peter John Jessop*, M-53, Results from an autopsy conducted in Hamilton Tuesday reveal Jessop’s death wasn’t suspicious. No foul play is suspected, police said. Police are asking the public to help find a missing orange kayak.
  14. 09/12/2017 John Doe*, M-?, man’s body was recovered from Lake Erie near Long Point Monday afternoon. Police say a boater came across the body while out on Lake Erie, near Pottahawk Point northwest of Long Point National Wildlife area.
  15. 10/31/2017 – Salvatore Tassone, M-56, went missing while fishing at the Port Maitland pier. It is believed he had fallen into the lake. Witnesses reported the weather was windy and the water choppy.
  16. 12/08/2017 – Christine A. Spohn*, F-39, Her body was found along the Lake Erie shoreline near Lake Erie Community Park in Girard Township. Police said there were no signs of foul play and nothing suspicious about the death. A ruling on the cause of death is pending further investigation by the coroner’s office, authorities said.


  1. 01/10/2017 – Cameron Bailie*, M-?, Missing 01/10/2017. Body recovered 06/17/2017 from Lake Ontario near the Oshawa shoreline 300 to 400 feet from shore.
  2. 02/18/2017 – John Doe, M-?, Toronto Police is investigating after a body was pulled from Lake Ontario Saturday near Algonquin Island.
  3. 03/24/2017 – John Doe, M-38, Emergency crews were called to the waterfront near Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay East at 11:18 a.m. March 24 for a report of a body in the water. Initial Report.
  4. 04/21/2017 – David Ramphalie, M-38, boating.
  5. 05/15/2017 – John Doe, M-30’s, Sugar Beach near Dockside Drive and Lower Jarvis Street
  6. 06/01/2017 – John Doe, M-?, boat capsized on Lake Ontario between Amherst Island and Grape Island in Loyalist Township. Police say there were two men onboard the vessel, but only one made it back to shore. They say the body of the other man was found Sunday 06/02/2017 near Amherst Island.
  7. 06/13/2017 – John Doe*, M-?, body recovered roughly a mile off of Youngstown.
  8. 06/25/2017 – Lorenz Greenwood Coinco, M-18, cliff diving and/or pulled into the water by a larger wave, 4-5’, on Sunday at Robert Wehle State Park.
  9. 06/25/2017 – Andrew Stevenson, M-14, cliff diving and/or pulled into the water by a larger wave, 4-5’, on Sunday at Robert Wehle State Park.
  10. 07/03/2017 – John Doe*, M-51, was on a Sea-Doo jet boat with two children and another man just after 4 p.m. on Sunday. He fell into the water when the jet boat made a short turn in choppy water near the Burlington Lift Bridge.
  11. 07/08/2017 – John Doe, M-?, Toronto – Body recovered from Ashbridges Bay – Crews were called around 7a.m., Saturday morning to the area of Coxwell Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard East at Ashbridges Bay. The body appeared to have been in the water for a while.
  12. 07/09/2017 – Yvonne Kraus, F-64, a family was out kayaking and swimming. When some children had trouble in the water, adults went in after them and Kraus did not return. She was caught by the currents while swimming in a pond that spills into the lake.
  13. 08/10/2017 – Jane Doe*, F-55 to 70, recovered from the water in the area of Humber Bay Shores Park, Toronto.
  14. 08/11/2017 – John Doe*, M-?, a man’s body was pulled from the water near the Argonaut Rowing Club on Friday morning in the Martin Goodman Trail and Oarsman Dr. area.
  15. 09/04/2017 – Jacob McCormick, M-21 – 2 missing kayakers make it back alive, 1 found dead. After a kayak capsized, he held onto another kayak while Jacob paddled away for help. The 2 made it back to shore. Jacob was found deceased.
  16. 09/23/2017 – Mark Deiter, M-56, submerged when the boat he was fishing in began to take on water while fishing at Sunset Bay Park in the Town of Scriba. Two passengers jumped from the boat, but 56 year-old Mark Deiter was still on it when it went completely underwater. The two passengers that jumped off the boat used floatation devices and a cooler to float. The body, whom authorities believe to be Deiter, was found still in the boat in about 100 feet of water.

Lake Ontario Critical or Unknown Condition 

  1. 04/02/2017– Jane Doe, F-60, Woman in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Ontario in Scarborough


99 Great Lakes Drownings to date;

Plus 6 last listed in Critical Condition

(Last updated 04/28/2017) 

LAKE MICHIGAN = 46 Plus 6 listed in Critical Condition

  1. 02/19/2016 – Thalia Rodriguez, F-20, Fell or blown off Wihala Beach Pier, Whiting, IN
  2. 02/24/2016* – Jessica Suarez*, F-21, was reported missing after she left her home about 6 a.m. on Feb. 24 in the 6100 block of North Talman, Chicago to go jogging and never returned, according to police. Her car was later found unoccupied and parked at 5100 N. Simmons Dr. on the lakefront. Her body was recovered in Lake Michigan 04/24/2016.
  3. 02/25/2016Ivan Echevarria, M-18, washed off pier at Diversey Harbor, Chicago, IL (Recovered 04/04/2016)
  4. 03/17/2016 – Marcus Beilman, M-27, kayaking in Lake Michigan off the shore of Port Washington
  5. 03/17/2016 – John Doe*, M-?, he was found wearing a life jacket and clinging to rocks in Lake Michigan near Rainbow Beach on Chicago’s South Side
  6. 04/22/2016 – Ambrose Monye*, M-28, was found in the water near the 5400 block of South Lake Shore Drive on May 8. He was last seen April 22 in the area of 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue.
  7. 05/05/2016 – John Doe*, M-35, Body of 35 year old Asian male recovered near Montrose Harbor.
  8. 06/10/2015 – John Doe*, M-?, Chicago, A man’s body was pulled from Lake Michigan early Friday morning near Montrose Harbor
  9. 06/11/2016 – Travonne Shannon, M-17, St. Joseph, MI, Silver Beach Pier Jump.
  10. 06/13/2016Tomasz I. Dratwa*, M-28, body pulled a few blocks south of Oak Street Beach around 11:00 a.m.
  11. 06/17/2016 – Ryan Klingensmith, M-23, According to video at the hyperlink, he was playing Beer Pong on the boat. The ping pong ball went into the water. He dove in after it and did not resurface.
  12. 06/17/2017 – John Doe*, CHICAGO – A body was pulled out of Lake Michigan near the Gold Coast on Friday morning near the 1800 block of North Lake Shore Drive
  13. 06/19/2016 – Riley Hoeksema, M-16, boating accident, Holland, MI. The Zodiac-style inflatable hull boat made a sudden turn, causing the two occupants of the boat to be thrown from the boat into the water
  14. 06/19/2016 – John Doe*, A body was pulled from Lake Michigan Sunday afternoon near Loyola Beach in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood just after 3 p.m. near the 1000 block of West Pratt
  15. 06/20/2016 – John Doe*, Body Recovered – A “badly decomposed” body of a man was pulled from Lake Michigan near North Pier, Kenosha, WI, Monday afternoon. The name, age and race of the man remained unknown Monday night.
  16. 06/26/2016 – Andrew John Vache, M-33, kayaking on Lake Michigan, near the Portage Lake harbor, when his kayak turned over. Vache was not wearing a personal flotation device and the waves in Lake Michigan were approximately two feet high during the time of the incident.
  17. 06/24/016 – John Doe, M-Teen, Authorities believe the teen went missing in the water after trying to swim across the Waukegan channel with friends
  18. 07/09/2016 – Sheldon Benson, M-23, of Coopersville was kayaking in Grand Haven
  19. 07/09/2016 – Kyle Reibly, M-26, Well Street Beach, Gary, IN, would-be rescuer
  20. 07/09/2016 – David Alden II, M-37, Well Street Beach, Gary, IN, would-be rescuer
  21. 07/12/2016 – Markius Woods,, M-32, distressed swimmer, dies near the 31st Street Beach, Chicago, IL
  22. 07/12/2016 – David VanVertloo, 66, Illinois man drown at Michigan City’s Washington Park
  23. 07/24/2016 – John Doe, M-?, An adult male was seen jumping into the lake about 7 a.m. at Diversey Harbor, police said. People nearby saw the man jump and pulled him from the water.
  24. 08/04/2016 – Kevin Thomas Ketchum, M-53, of Shelby Township, passed away August, 17, 2016. He had rescued two boys from drowning in Lake Michigan – Two young boys having difficulty in the high waves. He went into the water to try and help his children. He was transported to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and then air lifted to U.P. Health System Marquette in critical condition.  The family was vacationing in the area at the time of the incident.
  25. 08/07/2016 – Carlos Juan Penaco, M-26, Swimmer dies after being pulled from Montrose Harbor. He was struggling in the water.
  26. 08/08/2016 – Mensha Travis, M-14, drowned while swimming. Indiana’s DNR says two boys had to be pulled from Lake Michigan Monday night. The DNR says the boys were unsupervised at the pier at Washington Park around 6:11 p.m.
  27. 08/11/2016 – Jamirion Gomez, 13, from Lansing, MI was swimming with three cousins in the water when suddenly he disappeared. Fighting for his life after drowning. Passed away 08/20/2016
  28. 08/13/2016 – John Kevin Trout Lank, M-29, was swimming Saturday at Indiana Dunes State Park with a group of people just before 8 p.m. He was hit by a wave, fell down and never got back up again. A wave brought him back to shore.The cause of death was drowning and alcohol was involved
  29. 08/14/2016 – Brian Waslusky, M-53, Fishing – jumped into Lake Michigan chasing a large fish and net near the Little Sable Point Lighthouse.
  30. 08/14/2016 – Steve Bruce, M-62, Missing – Fishing – jumped into Lake Michigan chasing a large fish and net near the Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Body recovered 08/17/2016
  31. 08/16/2016Alexander Fortis, M- 27, Man dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan near Diversey Harbor – The man was with a group of people, jumped into the water but did not emerge about 3:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive
  32. 08/21/2016Kenneth Phillips, M-60, Grand Haven-area man drowns in Lake Michigan near the north pier of Pigeon Lake. The man and his brother were body surfing the waves near a sandbar when one of the two began to struggle, police say. The man’s brother tried to swim the two back to shore, but a rip current made it hard to swim back.
  33. 08/29/2016Ricardo Salvana, M-24, CHICAGO – Man dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan on North Side – 300 block of East Montrose Harbor Drive, in the water about 100 yards from the lighthouse off Montrose Beach
  34. 08/31/2016Vincent Green, M-14, Swimming at Holland State Park, Holland, MI. Waves and dangerous currents.
  35. 08/31/2016Chris Mimis, 17, M-17, Swimming at Holland State Park, Holland, MI. Waves and dangerous currents. Mimis’ family traveled to the area from Chicago
  36. 09/03/2016Tom Petruszak, M-?, missing boater off Little Bay De Noc near Gladstone, a large wave struck their boat and caused one of the men to fall into the water. Another man jumped in, attempting to rescue the person in the water. A passerby, James Plouff, rescued one of the men. However, the other person was not located, and has still not been found. None of the men were wearing lifejackets.
  37. 09/05/2016 – Tyler Spink, M-21, missing, Last seen Monday around 8:50 p.m. in Platte Bay by two fisherman who heard screams and found two capsized kayaks. Fishermen were able to pull one of the kayakers to their boat. We are told both kayaks have been recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  38. 09/11/2016 – Francis Knipp, M-75, believed drowned off Manitowoc’s Red Arrow beach when his ten foot sailboat capsized about 500 yards-from shore on Sunday. The identity of man on board has not been released. (Recovered 09/27/2016)
  39. 09/12/2016Timothy Twa, M-67, The body of a man was found on the beach at Muskegon’s Kruse Park Tuesday morning, and public safety officials said it is believed he entered the water in Norton Shores.
  40. 09/16/2016Gregory Froede, M-39, law enforcement agencies are investigating a report of a man who fell or jumped overboard from a boat in Lake Michigan north of Beaver Island. Many details of the situation remain unclear – officials contacted the Coast Guard at about 9:30 p.m. Friday regarding a report of a 40-year-old man who had jumped overboard from a recreational boat about 2-3 nautical miles north of Hog Island in the Beaver Island and had not returned to the boat. The man had said he wanted to go swimming just before jumping overboard and that he was not wearing a personal floatation device. (Body Recovered 10/10/2016)
  41. 09/19/2016 – Hannah Harris, F-10, from Lansing — Girl falls from paddle board, drowns in Lake Michigan at Charles Mears State Park and Pentwater Pier Monday, around 3:30 p.m. She was not wearing a life jacket, the sheriff’s office said.
  42. 09/25/2016Jonah Berele, M-27, CHICAGO (WLS) — A man died Sunday after being rescued from Lake Michigan near Leone Beach Park on Chicago’s far North Side at 2:15 p.m. A kayaker pulled the victim out of the water and performed CPR before emergency personnel were on the scene.
  43. 10/05/2016 – John Doe, M-59, Dies After Crashing SUV Into Jackson Park Harbor — CHICAGO (CBS) — A 59-year-old man died Wednesday morning after driving his SUV into Jackson Park Harbor.
  44. 10/17/2016 – John Doe, M-?, A person died after being pulled out of Lake Michigan on Saturday afternoon on the North Side about 100 yards from Montrose Harbor at 601 W. Montrose Ave.
  45. 10/19/2016 – John Doe, M-25, A man died Wednesday morning after being pulled from the water of Jackson Park Harbor off the 6500 block of South Promontory Drive around 4:45 a.m.
  46. 11/07/2016 – Robert Umentum III, M-43, There was a report of someone yelling for help along the shoreline just after 3 a.m. Monday. He was recovered from Lake Michigan off Kewaunee. The man was apparently fishing and fell into the water, police say. Fishing tackle and personal belongings were seen in the water.


  1. 07/10/2016 – John Doe, M-15, Critical Condition – A 15-year-old Michigan City boy is in critical condition after drowning in Lake Michigan near the pier, about 200 feet off the shores of Washington Park Beach. The Coast Guard says waves were about 1 to 2 feet high when he went under. (As of 08/10/2016 Remains on life support)
  2. 07/11/2016 – Lonely Vang, M-14, Critical Condition, pulled from Lake Michigan by Sheboygan police at General King Park, under water for 10 minutes, remains a patient at the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee
  3. 08/06/2016 – John Doe, M-Teen, Critical Condition – Four children rescued from Lake Michigan – 1 of them airlifted to South Bend in Critical Condition – they were part of a a church group from Chicago visiting Washington Park. Several people, including a teen girl from Mokena, Illinois, ran into the water to try and rescue them. One of the boys pulled her underwater. (As of 08/10/2016 Remains on life support)
  4. 08/21/2016 – John Doe, M-60, Bystanders pull man from Lake Michigan after the man had trouble in the water Sunday. The incident happened about 11:40 a.m. in the 3500 block of North Lake Shore Drive near Belmont Harbor. He’s listed in serious to critical condition.
  5. 09/24/2016 – Jane Doe, F-67, who fell into Lake Michigan while walking on a pier near the boat ramp at 1701 Sheridan Rd., was rescued and taken to a hospital in critical condition Saturday in Evanston.
  6. 10/15/2016 – John Doe, M-?, Person who was pulled from Lake Michigan about 100 feet from shore near Montrose Avenue in Chicago on Saturday afternoon was in critical condition


  1. 04/11/2016 Richard C. Blanford*, M-?, of Potterville, Michigan. On April 11th, 2016, rangers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore found a vehicle abandoned in the Miners Castle overlook parking lot.
  2. 06/11/2016Kaylilyn Tansey, F-22, Drowned struggling in the water at Little Presque Isle
  3. 06/11/2016Justin Schroepfer, M-24, Drowned struggling in the water at Little Presque Isle
  4. 08/04/2016 – Dewayne Shreve, M-25, A small boat capsized in Havilland Bay at the east end of Lake Superior last Thursday – set out in a 12-foot aluminum boat powered by a six-horsepower engine at 4 p.m., but the pair ran into trouble about 250 feet from shore. The boat contained life jackets, but neither man was wearing one when they began to swim to shore. A 23-year-old man managed to make it safely to shore around 5:15 p.m., but Shreve had disappeared from sight in the water.
  5. 08/10/2016Wasaysee Mayotte, M-15, playing in the waves off of Stockton Island at Julian Bay on Wednesday afternoon when currents pulled him into deep water.
  6. 09/17/2016 Keith Karvonen, M-61 of Atlantic Mine, reported missing Saturday when they didn’t return from an afternoon of Lake Trout fishing. Authorities say the trio set out on a 16-foot boat from Portage Entry in the Chassell area. (Recovered 10/02/2016)
  7. 09/17/2016 – Steven Chartre, M-43 of Ishpeming, reported missing Saturday when they didn’t return from an afternoon of Lake Trout fishing. Authorities say the trio set out on a 16-foot boat from Portage Entry in the Chassell area. (Recovered 10/02/2016)
  8. 09/17/2016 – Ethan Chartre, M-9 of Ishpeming, reported missing Saturday when they didn’t return from an afternoon of Lake Trout fishing. Authorities say the trio set out on a 16-foot boat from Portage Entry in the Chassell area. (Recovered 10/02/2016)
  9. 10/22/2016 – Allyson Marie Motylinski-Jenkins, F-42, was found around 11:15 a.m. near the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Chippewa County.


  1. 01/02/2016 – John Doe, M-?, pick-up truck drove off Kincardine Harbour’s north pier. Pier may have been icy.
  2. 05/04/2016* – Peter James “Jim” Armstrong, 53, went missing from his mother’s Southampton home the evening of March 9. Recovered at Lake Huron shoreline at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
  3. 07/03/2016Christopher Peterson, M-42, an Ann Arbor area man drowned Sunday afternoon while kayaking off Huron County’s Point Aux Barques – Other boaters in the area rescued the victim’s wife and two children.
  4. 07/03/2016 – Yousif Shamon, M-67, a Sterling Heights man died after swimming in Lake Huron in Port Huron Monday
  5. 07/23/2016 – Richard Castillo, M-67, Went missing while diving near a shipwreck.
  6. 07/23/2016 – Bradley Liani, M-28, was pronounced dead after bystanders got him out of the water around 1 p.m. Saturday at a Saugeen First Nation beach, just north of Southampton. “I don’t understand, he did know how to swim,” Cathy said Monday, adding that Bradley took swimming lessons as a child and loved going to the beach with his friends.
  7. 08/03/2016 – Erik Foreman, M-47, died while diving at a shipwreck in Lake Huron. His death is the second diving death in Lake Huron in the last two weeks. The body of a Detroit man was recovered from the lake after he failed to surface during a shipwreck-diving trip in late July.
  8. 08/18/2016 – John Doe, M- , Man Pulled From Lake in Grand Bend Pronounced Dead
  9. 08/28/2016 – John Doe, M-Teen, drowned in Lake Huron south of Port Elgin – Saugeen Shores police say three boys were swimming in Gobles Grove, south of Port Elgin, around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when they were pulled into deeper water. A 50-year-old Toronto man came to their aid when he realized they were in water over their heads and they were in distress. He was able to pull one boy to shore while another was able to make his way in by himself.  The third boy disappeared under the waves.
  10. 09/19/2016 David Counsell, M-60, of Saugeen Shores, last seen kayaking between Chantry Island and the Saugeen Shores beach; recovered 09/22/2016.
  11. 10/15/2016 – John Doe, M-?, Body discovered near Port Albert between Maple-Cedar Grove Road and Mid Huron Beach Road. The deceased person was reported to be wearing a life jacket.
  12. 10/15/2016 – Mitchell Nelson, M-57, found at Port Albert’s beach


  1. 03/07/2016 – Brenton Burton, M-35, went missing while boating to Turtle Island, OH.
  2. 04/15/2016* – Lawrence Thomas, M-55, reported missing late January. The Body was found at Edgewater Park outside of Cleveland
  3. 05/23/2016 – Mark A. Stoke, M-37, was on the fishing platform at East 72nd Street marina when he fell
  4. 06/12/2016 – Jakub Hess, M-16, drowned while swimming in waves at Conneaut Lake Park Beach
  5. 06/24/2016 – Kevin Sullivan*, M-teen, dies after Jet Ski crash- two Jet Skis collided near shore, close to the Edison Bridge on Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m.
  6. 07/12/2016Adam Hinton, M-21, Man drowns near Lake Erie boat launch – disappearing in the waters along a beach break wall – Bystanders told authorities that the man had been with some other people and had waded into water near a break wall.
  7. 07/14/2016 – William Johnston, M-18 – Recovery mission continues after drowning at Port Stanley — An 18-year-old London male, William Johnston, was swimming in Lake Erie with a 19-year-old female late Thursday afternoon at the main beach. The woman made it to shore safely with help from lifeguards, but Johnston failed to make it to the beach.
  8. 07/22/2016 – Patrick L. Keith, M-62, Crystal Beach Lakefront Water Park, Ontario Canada, Rip Current drowning
  9. 07/26/2016 – Giusseppe Reinhart, M-37, After two days of searching, covering nearly 5,400 square nautical miles, the coast guard has ended its search for a missing Ontario man whose boat washed ashore in Hamburg Tuesday afternoon. Officials found paperwork in the boat which allowed them to contact the boater’s fiancée, who said the boat’s owner, a man from Niagara Falls, Ontario, had planned on going fishing.
  10. 07/30/2016Omar Rosa-Marquez, M-24, Man pulled from Lake Erie west of Cleveland pronounced dead – AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) – A man pulled from Lake Erie near Miller Road Park in Avon Lake died Saturday.
  11. 08/02/2016 – Laura Del-Bel F-56, of Farmington Hills, MI – Body of missing swimmer found near Colchester Harbour
  12. 08/11/2016 – Tracy Quinlan, F-45, of Niagara, Ont., went underwater while swimming with a friend and never resurfaced. Bystanders found Quinlan, brought to shore and gave CPR.
  13. 08/13/2016 – Hussein Da Silva, M-19, Man drowns in Lake Erie while swimming with friends at Eric Boulevard in Long Point Provincial Park.
  14. 08/15/2016 – William Ouimette, M-71, pulled out of the water at the Happy Snapper Marina.
  15. 08/16/2016 – Dylan Lathrop, M-20, Missing, kayaking on when waves capsized kayaks, off Sunset Bay. Body recovered 08/18/2016
  16. 08/20/2016 – Jered Grieb, M-20, of Chardon, Ohio struggled in the water near Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve Saturday – three gentleman attempted to return him to shore but they were unsuccessful.
  17. 10/21/2016 – Robert White, 58, found in the water just east of the Hot Waters Bait and Fishing Store. He had left home to go night fishing about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and never returned home
  18. 11/06/2016 – Roger Burton, M-55, went missing the afternoon of Nov. 6 near Fairport Harbor. At 4 p.m. the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received a report of two people in the water about 1 mile offshore near Fairport after the 22-foot boat they were on capsized.
  19. 12/11/2017 – Jennifer Chambers, F-?, car plunged into the Detroit River on Belle Isle. Body Recovered April 1, 2017


  1. 01/29/2016 – John Doe, M-23, he went over the edge of the Wolfe Island ferry
  2. 02/08/2016 – Jane Doe, F-72, the woman had fallen into the lake near her property
  3. 05/27/2016 – John Doe, M-35, Kingston Police responded to a call, police pursuit, called off, possible crash into Lake Ontario
  4. 05/30/2016 – John Doe, M-Late Teens/early 20’s, Peel Regional Police, Peel Region Paramedics and Mississauga firefighters responded to the incident at Lakefront Promenade Park around 9:45 p.m., car in Lake Ontario, officers don’t suspect foul play.
  5. 06/12/2016 – Barry Burnett, M-70, Fishing, reported missing from the Bluffer’s Park
  6. 06/12/2016 – Gerald Ferreira, M-52, Fishing, reported missing from the Bluffer’s Park
  7. 06/25/2016 – John Doe, M-20s, dies after being pulled from Lake Ontario – A man in his 20s has died after being pulled from Lake Ontario Sunday morning. Paramedics say a group of friends were walking along Queens Quay at Yonge near the ferry terminal around 5 a.m. when one of them fell into the water.
  8. 06/25/2016 – John Doe*, M-45-60, recovered from the Lake on Saturday.
  9. 08/06/2016 – Brandon L. Gould, M-34, body recovered 08/08/2016, Waves reportedly were four to five feet high at the time and hampered rescue efforts. Gould was visiting with family at Brennan Beach in the Town of Richland. “We looked out and saw him struggling,’’ Gould’s brother, Korey Gould, told “I ran in to get him but did not get there in time.’’
  10. 10/04/2016 – John Doe, M-?, The man was found near Unwin Ave. between Tommy Thompson Park and Leslie St. on Tuesday night and was later pronounced dead. He is believed to have fallen out of a boat.
  11. 10/27/2016 – Jane Doe, F-?, a middle-aged woman’s body has been recovered from the bottom of the city’s harbour, the task of determining why her car plunged off a bridge into Lake Ontario begins. What is known so far is that a woman, whose name has not been released, was driving a silver Toyota Corolla north on Cherry St., south of Polson St., at a high rate of speed around 4 p.m. Thursday when it mysteriously veered left, crashed through a guardrail and flew off the west side of a bridge into a shipping channel.
  12. 11/04/2016 – John Doe, M-?, Toronto police investigate body found in Lake Ontario in Scarborough. Niagara police say the male body was found around 9:30 a.m. (Friday, Nov. 4) off the Waterfront Trail in Spring Gardens Park between Geneva St. and Vine St.
  13. 11/06/2016 – John Doe, M-?, Police are investigating after a body was found floating in Lake Ontario near the Scarborough Bluffs Sunday, Nov. 6.



55 Great Lakes Drownings 


  1. 06/05/2015 – Donald Wilson, M-28, Lakeview neighborhood recovered near Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL
  2. 06/10/2015 – John Doe, M-?, Body recovered near Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  3. 06/22/2015 – John Doe, M-? Body recovered near Oak St. Beach, Chicago, IL
  4. 07/11/2015 – Greg Jackson, M-62, Fell off sail boat
  5. 07/19/2015 – John Doe*, M-?
  6. 07/22/2015 – Dionysus W. Ames*, 49, near Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
  7. 07/24/2015 – Eddie Horns, M-17 – 31st Street Beach, Chicago, IL
  8. 07/28/2015 – Willis Jones, M-45, died after being pulled out of Lake Michigan on Tuesday.
  9. 07/29/2015Francisco Armendariz, M-29, drowned during a night swim at Oak Street Beach, Chicago.
  10. 07/31/2015 – Chase Froese, F-20, possible rip current, Porter Beach, IN
  11. 08/02/2015Jose Ortega*, M-35 Chicago, IL pulled from Oak Street Beach.
  12. 08/10/2015 – Eric Graff, M-39*, jumped in without a life jacket and tried to swim a rope to friends on another boat so they could be connected and watch the Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, IN. He yelled for help, went face down in the water and was pulled out. CPR was started by one of the passengers. It’s possible he suffered a medical related episode.
  13. 08/21/2015 – John Doe, M-30’s, pulled from water near Foster Beach, Chicago, IL
  14. 09/12/2015 – Max W. Boheme, M-24, from Lisle, Illinois, Boheme had been participating in the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series and failed to return at the end of the event. He was wearing a life jacket, was floating face down on the surface of the water, Coast Guard officials said.
  15. 09/13/2015 – John Doe, M-36, died after being pulled from the water at 31st Street beach, Chicago.
  16. 09/19/2015 – Earl Helmuth, M-24, swept off pier by wave in Michigan City, IN
  17. 09/26/2015 – Aaron Juarez, M-40, Missing – Presumed Drowned, Fishing out of Port Sheldon/Pigeon Lake boat launch. The men, two dogs, boat and fishing gear has not been recovered.
  18. 09/26/2015 – Christopher Thode, M-25, Missing – Presumed Drowned, Fishing out of Port Sheldon/Pigeon Lake boat launch. The men, two dogs, boat and fishing gear has not been recovered.
  19. 11/01/2015Kevin Brandon Lackey, M-24, Swimming at McKinley Marina ,
  20. 11/01/2015Robert Dermody, body recovered near 9th Street and Sheridan Road
  21. 11/14/2015 – John Doe, M-60, Reported missing from Chicago 10/13/2015. Recovered near Port Sheldon, MI.
  22. 11/19/2015 – Brandi Mannino, F-23, of Watervliet. Possibly swept off the pier at Tiscornia Beach, St. Joseph, MI.
  23. 11/19/2015 – Eike Krebs, M-23, Possibly attempting to rescue girlfriend who may have been swept off the pier at Tiscornia Beach, St. Joseph, MI. Body Recovered 12/19/2015
  24. 12/12/2015 – Jamil Sharif, M-49, near the museum at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  25. 12/14/2015 – John Doe, M-58, 31st Harbor, Chicago


  1. 07/29/2015Andrew Kneeshaw, 49, McLain State Park. A nearby surfer assisted the swimmer back to shore and began CPR.
  2. 08/15/2015 – John Doe, M-87, Drowned while swimming with11 year old daughter.


  1. 06/29/2015 – George Robert Brammer of Huntington, M-74, West Virginia. He was not wearing a life jacket while boating.
  2. 08/02/2015Lucas Johnson, M-16, swimming near the pier at the Kincardine Harbour.
  3. 08/15/2015 – Chelsea M. Younge, F-26, drowned Saturday evening after jumping from a fishing boat on Saginaw Bay.
  4. 08/20/2015 – Garrett Lewis, M-23, last seen swimming near rock wall
  5. 09/03/2015Matthew James Boniface, M-27, he was swimming back from a sandbar when he was “overcome by fatigue,” at Pinery Provincial Park in Kincardine. He had been pulled from the water without vital signs. Bystanders reportedly performed CPR, but he could not be revived.
  6. 11/01/2015Jane Doe, F-32, rough water near the town of Bluewater


  1. 05/24/2015 – John Doe, M-22, Geneva on the Lake
  2. 05/25/2015 – Demarios Eatman, M-21, Wildwood Park, Pier jump
  3. 06/06/2015 – Glen Willaim, M-65, fall off a sailboat during race near East Harbor State Park
  4. 06/19/2015 – John Doe, M-10, Swept away from shore
  5. 07/01/2015 – John Doe, M-?, Body pulled from water (Possible suicide?)
  6. 07/23/2015 – John Doe, M-21, fell off inflatable raft and not wearing a life-jacket 
  7. 07/30/2015 – Jane Doe, F-?, Would-be rescuer.
  8. 07/24/2015Sidney Heidrick, M-4, wandered out of grandparent’s home and entered water.
  9. 07/28/2015 – Christopher J. Hall, M-30, fishing from pier and went swimming
  10. 09/19/2015 – John Doe, drowned while swimming with friends in Port Colborne
  11. 09/22/2015 – Rich Gala, M-80, Fisherman found floating face down. He was wearing a life jacket
  12. 10/25/2015 – Stanley Eliot Moore, M-53, Fishing
  13. 12/06/2015 – Andrew Lasek, M-42, Kayaking and fishing. Recovered about a mile off shore from Sturgeon Point Marina, Town of Evans.


  1. 02/22/2015 – Max Maisel, M-21, near the Charlotte Pier in Rochester, N.Y.
  2. 05/24/2015 – John Doe, M-40 to 45, 1225 Lake Shore Blvd., Toronto, CA
  3. 06/04/2015 – Jarett Shoal, M-30, Missing while boating
  4. 06/16/2015 – Keith White, M-34, fall of cruise boat
  5. 06/26/2015 – John Doe, M-?, Body recovered
  6. 08/10/2015 – John Doe, M-69, possibly fell off boat
  7. 09/05/2015 – Anelle Maegen Bagalac, F-12, attempting to save her younger brother drowning in the Scarborough Bluffs
  8. 09/27/2015 – John Doe, M-49, Body of missing kayaker found on shore. It is believed that he was not wearing a life jacket at the time. He has not been publicly identified at the family’s request.
  9. 10/29/2015 Timothy Kelley, M-36, Kayaking

* = Awaiting confirmation of drowning.



54 Great Lakes Drownings


  1. 02/22/2014 Jane Doe-(Debra Fredricksen?), F-61
  2. 02/26/2014 Jeremy L. Zerbe, M-35, Recovered 04/29/2014
  3. 04/18/2014 Tyna Nguyen,F-20s Woman pulled from Lake Michigan 04/19 died.
  4. 04/28/2014 Cristal Garcia, F-18,Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL, died in hospital 05/09
  5. 04/28/2014 Victor Victor Martinez, M-20, Attempted rescue at Montrose Harbor
  6. 05/03/2014 John Moebs, M-33, Milwaukee, WI
  7. 05/08/2014 Rebecca Long, F-32, Lake Forest, IL
  8. 05/15/2014 Bonnie Ruleau, F-55,
  9. 05/20/2014 Ali Moufid, M-?, 31st Street Beach, Chicago, IL
  10. 05/20/2014 Othmane Kassou, M-?, 31st Street Beach, Chicago, IL
  11. 05/21/2014 Jose Moreno, M-17, Holland State Park, Pier Jump
  12. 05/31/2014 Ron Wood Jr., M-29, boating and attempted rescue (body recovered June 27)
  13. 06/01/2014 Orest Sopka, 30, Boat sank between New Buffalo & Chicago
  14. 06/01/2014 Megan Blenner, F-27, Recovered 06/29/2014
  15. 06/16/2014 Jose Alcazar, M-18, Pier Jump, Whiting, IN
  16. 07/01/2014 Gyron Webb, M-16, Fell off rocks, Irving Park Rd. and Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL
  17. 07/02/2014 Eric Pandasi, M-20, 1100-block West Pratt Avenue, Chicago, IL
  18. 07/04/2014 Joe Cherry, M-27, 57th Street Beach, Chicago, IL
  19. 08/09/2014 Daniel Brown, M-56, Brown, no life jacket, fell off boat
  20. 08/11/2014 Soufija Pastuovich, F-78, Near Promontory Point
  21. 09/07/2014 Amer Rustum, M-54, fall from boat, near Indiana Dunes State Park
  22. 09/17/2014 Joseph Kiehm, M-48, sailboating – McKinley Marina in the Milwaukee Harbor
  23. 09/21/2014 John Doe, M-?,
  24. 11/24/2014 John Doe

Other Lake Michigan related deaths:

  1. 06/01/2014 Ashley Haws, F-29, [died from hypothermia]
  2. 06/23/2014 Roland W. Gregory, M-76, South Port Beach, Kenosha, WI [may be natural causes]
  3. 08/24/2014 Elderly Man, Lighthouse Beach


  1. 12/23/2014 Evan “Alec” Johnson, M-40, swept off rocks
  2. 12/23/2014 Wayne Hoffman, M-66, ‘would-be rescuer’


  1. 06/04/2014 Calvert H. Shuptrine, M-84, Swimming in surf
  2. 06/17/2014 John Doe, M-18, Inflatable raft drifted from shore.
  3. 07/05/2014 Selim Mahmutovic, M-25, swimming near breakwater at Port Austin harbor
  4. 08/11/2014 Dennis Javens, M-?, Scuba diving
  5. 08/16/2014 Adam McKelvey, M-42, would-be rescuer
  6. 08/20/2014 Timothy A. Troup, M-62, Scuba diving
  7. 09/01/2014 Tomasz Gladkowski, M-39, would-be rescuer of son


  1. 04/17/2014 Andy Rose, M-33, missing boater recovered 05/08 three weeks after accident on 04/14/2014
  2. 04/17/2014 Bryan Huff, 32, missing boater recovered 05/06 three weeks after accident 0n 04/14/2014 
  3. 04/17/2014 Paige Widmer, F-17
  4. 04/17/2014 Amy Santus, F-33
  5. 05/31/2014 Peter Radke, M-43, Rescue Attempt, Huntington Beach in Bay Village, OH
  6. 06/04/2014 Antonio Romao, M-65, Fishing
  7. 06/29/2014 Boy Doe, M-14,
  8. 07/01/2014 David Ingraham, M-62, Swimming alongside a raft Geneva on the Lake, OH
  9. 07/08/2014 Kristen Stefan, F-37, rescue attempt, son inner tube, offshore winds, Shore Haven Beach, NY
  10. 07/05/2014* Boy Doe, M-14, Headlands Beach State Park, *Condition unknown
  11. 07/18/2014 Jane Doe, F-?, Edgewater Park,
  12. 07/27/2014 Peter Hildebrandt, M-15
  13. 08/17/2014 Kelly Walker, F-34
  14. 08/17/2014 Bryce Canady, M-15,
  15. 08/24/2014 John Doe, M-45, Erieau Beach, Chatham-Kent
  16. 08/24/2014 Hiawatha Rutland, M-33, Whiskey Island, Cleveland, OH
  17. 09/07/2014 Juan Lavya, M-34, of Detroit, Michigan.


  1. 05/15/2014 John Suppel, M-60, Missing boater, search called off.
  2. 08/21/2014  Christian D. Gothgen, M-49
  3. 09/07/2014 Ivan Batusic, M-47, boating
  4. 10/05/2014 Kavi Kistnasamy, M-22



67  Great Lakes Drownings


  1. 06/06 Ramon Benavidez, 32, Belmont Harbor,
  2. 06/18 Benjamin McCarter, 31-M, Kenosha, WI Pier Jump
  3. 06/19 Austin Hudson-Lapore, 20-M, Chicago, IL
  4. 06/25 Miles Percy Smith, 16-M, Grand Traverse Bay, MI
  5. 06/25 John Doe, 40-M, Belmont Harbor, Chicago, IL
  6. 06/31 John English, 47-M, Grand Haven, MI
  7. 07/02 John Doe, 8-M, North Manitou Island, Glen Arbor, MI
  8. 07/04 Christopher Evans, 25-M, Belmont Harbor, Chicago, I
  9. 07/16 Brian Behrensprung, 39-M, Sheboygan, WI
  10. 07/16 Johnathan Whitehouse, Aronson Island, Escanaba, MI
  11. 07/17 Robert Womac, ?-M, Leland, MI
  12. 07/18 Nathan Luna, 34-M, Laketown Township, MI
  13. 07/18 Michael Janko. Fell off boat possibly without life jacket.
  14. 07/19 Rochelle Jenkins, 15-F, Pere Marquette Park
  15. 07/20 Bruce Henderson, 67-M, Nordhouse Dunes, in Mason County’s Grant Township
  16. 07/27 Matt Kocher, 15-M, New Buffalo, MI
  17. 07/27 Gonzola Silva, 37-M, Beverly Shores, IN.
  18. 08/04 Wayne Gordon, 30-M, Jackson Harbor, Chicago, IL
  19. 08/11 Bobby J. Wilson, 30-M, outside the Hammond Marina, Hammond, IN
  20. 08/15 Dylan Curtis Bailey, 24-M, Sleeping Bear Bay, Glen Arbor, MI
  21. 08/27 Anthony Tyson, 54-M, 57th St. Beach, Air mattress, Chicago, IL
  22. 09/01 Najam Naimi, 30-M, Montrose Harbor, Retrieving ball, Chicago, IL
  23. 10/22 Richard J. Franzese, 58-M, Reefpoint Marina, Racine, WI
  24. 04/16/2014 Allen L. Townsend, M-48, Went missing 11/20/2013


  1. 01/27 James Hudson, 34-M, Bayfield, WI, Snowmobile through ice
  2. 02/21 Joshua G. Reynolds 30-M, Madeline Island, Bayfield, WI, Snowmobile through ice
  3. 02/21 Mark J. Backe 38-M, Madeline Island, Bayfield, WI, Snowmobile through ice
  4. 07/15 Lloyd W. Krohn, 55-M, scuba diving a shipwreck at Isle Royale National Park
  5. 08/18 Marlene Fox, 26-F, cliff diving, 2 meter waves, Thunder Bay
  6. 08/18 Kevin Spade, 32-M, cliff diving, 2 meter waves, Thunder Bay
  7. 09/08 Kenny Rubbet, 19-M, north side of Little Presqe Isle
  8. 10/03 Paul Francis Lempke, 48-M, Kauppi Resort north of Gay in Sherman Township
  9. 10/04* John Doe, ?-M, north side Steamboat Island, south of Pancake Bay

*Pending confirmation


  1. 03/29 John Doe, 16-M, Don Basin, vehicle submerged, Toronto, CA
  2. 05/08* John Doe, 30-40’s, Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, CA
  3. 06/04 John Doe, ?, Scarborough Bluffs
  4. 06/16 Daniel Ransom, 19-M, Port Credit
  5. 06/19* Jane Doe, 48-F, Port Darlington Beach
  6. 06/21* John Doe, ?-?, Toronto Beach
  7. 07/02 Jane Doe, 33-F, Ontario Place, Toronto
  8. 07/15* Scott B. French – missing
  9. 07/15  Tony Weaver, 40-M, Fell off boat, Huron, NY
  10. 08/06* John Doe, 50’s-M, Oshawa shoreline,
  11. 08/12 Erhard Fenzl, 73-M, Canoe capsized, MARATHON, Ont.
  12. 08/12 John Doe, 43-M, Burloak Drive, Halton
  13. 08/25 Pirasanna Bakumar, 26-M J.C. Saddington Park in Mississauga
  14. 10/18 Matthew John MacLeod, 38-M, Beachway Park


  1. 01/29 Jacob Samusenko, 17-M, East Basin, Erie, PN
  2. 03/09 John Doe, ?-M, Rock Hall, Cleveland, OH
  3. 04/07 Jonathan Francis, 30-M, Sandusky Bay, OH, Kayaking
  4. 04/07 Viola Francis, 12-F, Sandusky Bay, OH, Kayaking 
  5. 05/16 Godfried McKinney, 54-M, Monroe County, Fishing
  6. 05/16 Kendrick Covington,64-M, Monroe County, Fishing
  7. 07/04 John Doe, 36-M, Estral Beach, 30 miles northeast of Toledo, OH
  8. 07/07 Jan Carlos Delosantos-Nunez, 17-M, Westfield, NY
  9. 07/09 James Paul VanDosen, 36-M, Wayne County
  10. 07/11 Kenneth Stockwell, 66-M, Leamington
  11. 07/12 Jermaine Marcus Zirkle, 13-M, Ashtabula County,  Saybrook Township
  12. 07/16 Gregory Adams, 15-M, Edgewater Park
  13. 07/24 Ralph Miller, 66-M, rough waters, near Sara’s Campground in Millcreek Towship
  14. 07/27 John Doe, Cuyahoga, OH

  15. 08/25 Brian J. McCluskey, 32-M, Evangola State Park, Irving, NY
  16. 08/25 Traveno Sledge, 24-M, Euclid Beach State Park, Cleveland, OH
  17. 08/25 Jonathan Davis, 29, E. 72nd Street and North Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH
  18. 12/20 Robert Remec, 56-M, Sheffield Lake boat launch
  19. 12/27 Lothario Julius Duckworth, 38, car submerged, boat ramp, Wildwood State Park


  1. 03/03 Jason King, 39-M, Saginaw Bay, Airboat Capsized


2012 Great Lakes Drowning Statistics = 101; 262 since 2010

2011 Great Lakes Drowning Statistics = 87; 161 since 2010

2010 Great Lakes Drowning Statistics = 74


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