In this Aug. 5, 2018 photo, beachgoers help the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officers form human chains to search for missing people in Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park in Grand Haven, Mich. Authorities said people formed human chains to rescue swimmers caught in rough water blamed for multiple drownings over the weekend. (Becky Vargo/The Tribune via AP)
Photo: Becky Vargo/AP
Photo: Becky Vargo/AP

40 people form human chain to save man from rip currents on Lake Michigan

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Nearly 40 people formed a human chain to rescue a man pulled under the water around noon, the Grand Haven Tribune reported.

Bystanders broke into two chains because of the water’s depth and found David Knaffle, 64, before emergency responders arrived, according to the Tribune. When rescuers got to the beach they performed CPR before taking Knaffle to the hospital, where he died. 

Rescue crews were back at the beach later that afternoon. Bystanders again formed a human chain to rescue three swimmers from rip currents around 2:30 p.m., the Tribune reported. They were taken to area hospitals, according to the Tribune

Around 4 p.m. police said a 20-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, drowned in Lake Michigan, the Tribune reported.

The beach was later closed.

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