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2 Kentwood men nearly drown at Holland State Park

Posted at 8:21 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 20:36:17-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — Two men from the city of Kentwood nearly drown at the Holland State Park on Sunday evening before being rescued by Good Samaritans and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Witnesses said that two adult men, ages 32 and 34, were swimming in Lake Michigan under red flag conditions before being swept out into deeper water by a rip current.

A few boaters on jet skis were able to get the men and get one of them to the North Pier, where good Samaritans pulled the 32-year-old out of the water.

The man was not breathing and lacked a pulse when pulled into shore, so bystanders on the pier began to perform CPR on the man.

When paramedics with Holland/Park township arrived on scene, the man had regained pulses but had difficulty breathing.

The 32-year-old man was transported to Holland Hospital in serious condition, but was responding verbally before leaving the scene.

The second man, a 34-year-old Kentwood resident, was taken back to the beach via jet ski.

He was evaluated by medics before declining transport to the hospital.