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Published on July 10, 2024
Iowa Man, 44, Pronounced Dead After Drowning Incident at Ludington State Park in MichiganSource: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A tragic incident unfolded at Ludington State Park where a man drowned in Lake Michigan, having been identified by authorities as 44-year-old Mark Scholes from Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Mason County Sheriff's Office stated that the distress call came before 2 p.m. Tuesday when Scholes was seen struggling in the water at the park, according to a statement by FOX 17 News.

Beachgoers immediately attempted to save the drowning man, but they couldn’t prevent Scholes from slipping under the water; however, they managed to locate and retrieve him, bringing him onto a raft and then to shore to initiate CPR, but their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Responding to the scene were officers from the Ludington Police Department, Michigan State Police troopers, Ludington State Park rangers, firefighters from Hamlin and Ludington, along with LIFE EMS personnel, who all played roles in the emergency response, as mentioned by WZZM13.

The resuscitation attempts continued until Scholes was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 3 p.m. the following day, the sheriff's office confirmed. The incident was classified as a "probable drowning" by deputies, with further specifics by the office indicating a churn at the convergence of Lake Michigan and the outlet of the Sauble River as a contributing factor to the tragedy, a report from WOOD confirmed.