Officials Urge Caution After Grand Rapids Drowning

Posted at: 08/25/2013 5:34 PM
Updated at: 08/25/2013 10:37 PM

A drowning in Grand Rapids has officials warning families to enjoy the water with caution.

Police got a call Saturday afternoon about a possible drowning on Crystal Lake.

"They had learned there was a young boy still in the water," Chief Jim Denny said. "Officers, at that time, jumped into the water and pulled a five-year-old boy from the water."

Denny said the boy was unresponsive on scene and was taken to a hospital where he later died. Denny said the victim was with his younger sister and there was no adult supervision.

Denny said there's a few things people can do to try and keep their kids safe while in the water.

"Put the cell phones down," Denny said. "Put down any distraction. Keep yourself at a distance where you are able to get to your children quickly if need be."

Families down by Lake Superior were trying to enjoy the water safely Sunday.

"We wanted to come where the lifeguard is so we'd have extra hands on," Brenda Helland said.

"I make sure I can see them up close and personal at all times," Cody Ramsey said. "I like to see them rather then let them play on their own because it can happen so quick and I love them too much to let them get hurt."

The name of the drowning victim has not been released. Denny said more information will most likely be available tomorrow.