Despite several rescues, 2 drowned at Grand Haven beach this weekend

- Two people drowned Sunday afternoon at Grand Haven State Park Beach, and several more were rushed to the hospital.

Despite multiple human chain rescues, two people lost their lives in the dangerous wave conditions. 

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety says beachgoers used a human chain to get to a 64-year-old man experiencing trouble in the "hazardous wave conditions" around noon. After about 10 minutes the man was found and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He's been identified as David Knaffle from Wyoming, Mich. 

Then just a few hours later, several more people needed rescue.

With the assistance again of a human chain, a 20-year-old man was found in about 5 feet of water around 3:45 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital where he was also pronounced dead. Police haven't given his name yet but say he's from Lansing. 

Three other people were hospitalized that afternoon after being rescued around the same time, including a 46-year-old man who's in serious condition. The two others are in stable condition. 

A high beach hazard was in effect for swimmers and boaters Sunday, with waves reaching 3-5 feet in addition to dangerous currents. A beach hazard was still in effect, too, Monday morning.

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