A Missouri man died in Lake Michigan on Sunday after serving to rescue two kids in misery, authorities mentioned.
Deputies had been dispatched to North Seaside shortly after 3 p.m. “for a person who was unaccounted for after he went into Lake Michigan,” the Racine County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
In keeping with preliminary studies, two boys “confirmed that they had been in misery” simply north of North Pier by giant rocks. A 40-year-old relative “entered the water to save lots of the kids,” assisted of their rescue, however he didn’t emerge from the water.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Workplace later recognized the person as Thomas J. Walker.
“The Sheriff’s Workplace is protecting Thomas in our ideas and prayers as we marvel at his courageous and selfless actions,” a Monday information launch mentioned.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Boat was within the space and commenced trying for the person. The South Shore Fireplace Division, Metropolis of Racine Fireplace Division, the Racine County Dive Workforce, and different emergency belongings additionally assisted within the search.
At about 4 p.m., the person was pulled from the water and emergency lifesaving efforts had been initiated. He was transported to Ascension All Saints Hospital, the place he was pronounced useless.
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“He was a sort soul and a tremendous uncle to his niece and nephews,” Walker’s household mentioned in a information launch. “And the way we misplaced him is a testomony to how nice an uncle and all-around man he was. (We) by no means met an individual who did not like him. He’s missed drastically.”
“The Sheriff’s Workplace commends the heroic actions of the person who assisted in saving the lives of those two younger kids,” Sheriff Christopher Schmaling mentioned in a information launch. “Our ideas and prayers are with him, his household, and his family members.”
Sunday morning, the National Weather Service in Milwaukee said on Twitter that it was a “excessive swim danger” day with “harmful swimming situations.”
Life-threatening waves between 3 and 5 ft, in addition to currents, had been anticipated at Lake Michigan seashores in a number of counties, together with Racine, the tweet said.
“We additionally encourage folks to take the time to research present lake situations earlier than getting into Lake Michigan and take all obligatory precautions,” Schmaling mentioned in a information launch. “This, like the opposite unlucky drownings this summer time, are tragic, extremely unhappy, and preventable.”
Lake Michigan noticed a document variety of drownings in 2020 with 56 lives misplaced.
Comply with Hannah Kirby on Twitter @HannahHopeKirby.