11-year-old drowns Memorial Day weekend at Holly Recreation Area

An 11-year-old boy drowned after he went missing while playing in the water at the Holly Recreation Area on Saturday.

Michigan State Police received calls around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday about a child missing in the water at the Holly Recreation Area.

Investigators determined that an 11-year-old boy was playing with another boy. The 11-year-old was floating on an inner tube about 10 feet from the shore.

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The boy he was playing with was on the shore when he saw the 11-year-old go under the water, come back up and call for help before going back under. The boy began yelling for help and people on the beach started searching for the 11-year-old in the water.

"All beach areas have signs up there to tell you about the hazards and the water conditions, so it is good to check on those before you enter the water. There is always potential for the water to change depths rapidly" said Lt. Burwell of the Oakland Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team

Oakland County Marine Services arrived and immediately began searching the water as well. The 11-year-old was found at 7:25 p.m. and CPR was started.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Troopers on the scene conducted interviews with witnesses and continue with more interviews, says MSP.

There are no lifeguards assigned to that beach.

That investigation is ongoing.

Another drowning was reported at 7:40 p.m. the Oakland County Sheriff's received a 911 call about a man drowning in Galloway Lake in Auburn Hills.

When Auburn Hills police and fire arrived and the Southeast Michigan Dive Group was activated and deployed "Strike Teams" from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Border Patrol.

They deployed rescue boats equipped with sonar and located the victim about 250 feet from shore in 37 feet of water. The victim is a 28-year-old male from Brownsville, Texas.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy has been scheduled. The SSRT will be handling the investigation. 

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