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Unfortunate Drowning Death in Lake Michigan – Teen Jumped In to Get Girlfriend’s Water Bottle

By David M. Baum, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


An unfortunate drowning death occurred in Lake Michigan recently. I twas reported that Michael Hilling, age 19 from Rock, Michigan, went into the water to retrieve his girlfriend’s water bottle that had fallen into the lake. The incident took place as Hilling and his girlfriend were watching a fireworks celebration just after midnight to bring in the New Year. The simple act or gesture of getting a water bottle lead to this young man’s death. There is a danger or risk of drowning for any child or adult that goes into a lake or other water way. The depth of the water, temperature of the water, time of day / night, and other factors can contribute to the risks when a person jumps into a water. While most think that only children are at high risk for drowning, the risk really applies to everybody – young or old and everybody in between. You can read more about this story at Teen Dies After Jumping into Lake Michigan.

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