A 60-year-old Grand Haven man drowned Sunday afternoon in Port Sheldon Township.

A 60-year-old Grand Haven man drowned Sunday afternoon in Port Sheldon Township.

Police have identified the man as Kenneth Phillips.

At about 1:27 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and Port Sheldon Fire Department, along with the United Stated Coast Guard, was dispatched to a water emergency incident on Lake Michigan north of the north pier of Pigeon Lake in Port Sheldon Township, according to a news release from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office. 

Two brothers were body surfing in the waves out near the second sand bar when one of the brothers — a 60-year-old man from the Grand Haven area — began to struggle. His brother came to his aid and tried to swim the two of them back to shore. However, the waves were about 5 feet high, and the brother said there was a rip current that made it hard to swim back to shore. The man was unable to swim his brother back to shore, and 911 was called. 

After Ottawa County Sheriff's Office personnel arrived, they were able to remove the man from the water and turn him over to paramedics from North Ottawa Community Hospital EMS. However, he was later pronounced deceased by paramedics at the scene.

This incident is still under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff Office. 

Agencies assisting were the Ottawa County Sheriff Office and OCSO Dive Team, Port Sheldon Fire Department, United States Coast Guard and North Ottawa Community Hospital EMS.