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Montgomery resident drowns in Lake Michigan

Updated: September 8, 2012 6:11AM



A man from Montgomery was one of three people who drowned in the high waves of Lake Michigan this past weekend.

Anthony Joseph Kelly, 41, of Montgomery, drowned at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph, Mich., according to police and the Associated Press.

Kelly was pulled in by a rip current from the lake, St. Joseph police said. The waves on the lake were reported to be 6 to 8 feet on Sunday. Kelly was found in 12 feet of water 350 yards off the beach.

The Herald-Palladium newspaper in Benton Harbor, Mich., reported that Kelly was being pulled out by rip currents and a man from Indianapolis went out to try to help him. The Indianapolis man started struggling so his mother grabbed a boogie board and went to help her son, the paper reported.

Both the Indianapolis mother and son were eventually rescued by Berrien County deputies who swam for more than 30 minutes to reach the pair, the paper reported. The water in that area was too shallow for rescue boats.

The U.S. Coast Guard brought Kelly to nearby Lakeland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police did not release Kelly’s exact address and his family could not be reached for comment Monday.

The other two victims included a pediatric surgeon from Chicago and a 40-year-old man from Cincinnati. Dr. Donald Liu was with his wife for a getaway in Berrien County when he spotted two children struggling in the water Sunday morning. Authorities say the 50-year-old helped the children but was pulled under.



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