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Northern Michigan man drowns at Grand Haven State Park

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM/G.H. Tribune) - A 76-year-old Northern Michigan man is dead after an apparent drowning at Grand Haven State Park.

Police identified the victim as Richard Habermas of Lake Ann, about 15 miles west of Traverse City.  He and his wife were vacationing in the Grand Haven area.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday, investigators say. 

Habermas' wife says the couple was in the water together when they were hit by a large wave.  The wave separated Habermas from his wife, and he began to struggle in the water.  His wife was unable to pull him to shallower water, and Habermas was pulled under.

Our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune, is reporting bystanders on the beach went into the water to search for Habermas.  A man on a surf board helped the victim's wife get back to shore.

Habermas was located after he had been underwater five to ten minutes.  Off-duty doctors performed CPR on the victim until Grand Haven Public Safety officers arrived. 

Pat Whalen, the state park's supervisor, told our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune, that the man was not breathing and unresponsive when he was taken by ambulance to North
Ottawa Community Hospital.  Habermas was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators say the subject apparently drowned, though the official cause of death has not been determined.