16-year-old Racine boy drowns in Lake Michigan while swimming with friends

RACINE -- A 16-year-old boy has died after drowning in Lake Michigan in Racine on Sunday evening, July 30th. The boy has been identified as Amari Donell Griffin-Brewer from Racine.

The Racine County Dispatch Center received a 911 call shortly after 5:30 p.m. of a possible drowning in Lake Michigan near the area of Michigan Boulevard and Augusta Street.

Authorities say the 16-year-old boy was swimming in this area with two other teenage friends, one boy and the other a girl.  While swimming, the 16-year-old went under the water and never resurfaced.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Racine Police Department, and the City of Racine Fire Department - Rescue - Dive Team all responded immediately.

At approximately 6:12 p.m. the City of Racine Fire Department Dive Team located the 16-year-old boy under the surface of the water and removed him.  Life-saving measures were taken and the boy was transported to Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine; however, he did not survive.

At this time, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is showing that this was a tragic swimming accident.