“It’s awful:” 14-year-old boy drowns at Atwater Park Beach in Shorewood

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SHOREWOOD -- A 14-year-old boy drowned in Lake Michigan after jumping into the water from the breakwall Tuesday evening, July 18th.

It happened around 6:00 p.m.

Officials with the North Shore Fire Department said crews were dispatched when a 911 call came in indicating the boy had not resurfaced after jumping in.

North Shore Fire personnel donned water-rescue suits and two members were deployed into the lake from the area the victim was last seen to initiate a search. Shortly after this, the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Team and Marine units, the Milwaukee Police Department Marine Unit, and the United States Coast Guard arrived in the area and initiated additional searches of the water.


Within minutes of the Milwaukee Fire Department divers being deployed into the water, the victim was located and removed.

Resuscitative efforts were initiated immediately along the shoreline and unfortunately, the boy died.

"No matter how great of a swimmer you are or not, any water can be dangerous. Obviously we live next to a beautiful body of water that everybody wants to enjoy, but you just need to be cognizant of, it can be dangerous too," Lt. Dan Tyk with the North Shore Fire Department said.

"It's awful. Like the lieutenant said, it doesn't matter about the age. It's a tough time for all of us. It's something that we really, really take it to heart," Kevin Carini, Shorewood police deputy chief said.

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