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Weather hampers search for Muskegon man still missing in Lake Michigan

Posted at 7:15 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 09:42:45-05

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The search continues for a Muskegon man missing in Lake Michigan.

Strong winds and high waves at the Lakeshore Thursday are hampering search efforts. Rescue crews say they will not be searching in the water or in the air due to poor weather conditions.

We're told Ramal Roby, 31, was walking along the lake with his girlfriend and another friend when he fell through ice and into the water and has not been seen since.

The ice rescue quickly turned into a recovery mission as crews were seen searching along the beach and in the air with a Coast Guard helicopter.

"There's nothing you can do in this situation but give it to God and ask God to help, because there's absolutely nothing you can do," said Roby's mother, Patricia.

"I just pray that he's found and brought out of the water,," said Roby's aunt Belinda. "And I just thank everybody that's out here helping. And just pray for my family. I just ask for prayer ... that my nephew's found."

We're told Roby was born and raised in Muskegon and graduated from both Muskegon High School and Michigan State University.

We will continue to update you on the recovery efforts.