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Man drowns in Lake Michigan in Kenosha

Updated: July 20, 2013 6:33AM

A 31-year-old man who apparently drowned Monday night, June 17, after jumping off North Lighthouse Pier on Kenosha’s lakefront has been identified as Benjamin McCarter.

According to police the 31-year-old Kenosha resident was with another man and a woman when they jumped into the water to go swimming.

The area is not restricted to swimmers. Rescue personnel received a call at 5:45 p.m. about a swimmer in distress.

Witnesses told police that the man was 10 to 15 feet from the east end of the pier and was having trouble swimming in the waves, which had gotten rough, said Lt. Hugh Rafferty of the Kenosha Police Department.

“One of the female friends jumped into the water and was able to grab onto the male victim, but he was too heavy for her so she let go. The male victim went under the water and did not resurface,” he said. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The pier is located just east of 100 51st Place. Dive teams and rescue personnel from other jurisdictions throughout the county also responded.

After searching for over 2 hours, rescuers were not able to locate McCarter. The search was called off at approximately 9 p.m. and it is unknown when or if the search will resume, said Rafferty.

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