High winds, waves set stage for Silver Beach drowning Sunday

NOW: High winds, waves set stage for Silver Beach drowning Sunday

Sunday's wintry blast had tragic consequences in St. Joseph, as two men were swept off of the South Pier into Lake Michigan by high waves, with one man not making it out.

Widespread wind gusts of 35-40 mph caused wave heights to swell to 6-8 feet on the eastern shores of the lake. 

The men were swept into 40 degree waters. The shock of water that cold can cause immediate health problems, with hypothermia setting in within a half an hour in calm conditions. 

After a record 56 drownings on Lake Michigan last year, 5 possible drownings have been reported so far in 2021. It took until the middle of May to hit that number last year.

The drowning victim was a longtime team member of Silver Beach Pizza. The restaurant was closed Monday.

More high winds caused the recovery mission to be called off early Monday afternoon on Silver Beach. Officials hope to resume efforts, weather permitting, Tuesday morning.

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