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Missouri man dies saving kids from rough waters on Lake Michigan


A man died Sunday while saving two children from Lake Michigan in Racine.The Racine County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to North Beach about 3:05 p.m. for a water rescue.Investigators said the man was unaccounted for after he went into the lake to save two boys.”The children showed that they were in distress, and an adult male relative entered the water to save the children,” the sheriff said. “The adult male assisted in the rescue of the young children; however, he did not emerge from the water.”Deputies quickly began to search for the man. His body was pulled from the lake just after 4 p.m.Lifesaving efforts were initiated and he was taken to Ascension All Saints Hospital.That’s where doctors pronounced him dead.The sheriff’s office said the family was visiting from Missouri. The victim was described as a 40-year-old man.He was identified Monday afternoon as Thomas J. Walker.The ages of the children were not made public.They were not injured.”He was a kind soul and an amazing uncle to his niece and nephews. And how we lost him is a testament to how great an uncle and all-around guy he was. (We) never met a person who didn’t like him. He is missed greatly,” his family said in a prepared statement released by the sheriff.The National Weather Service had issued a warning of hazardous water conditions on Lake Michigan Sunday.It included Racine County beaches.Life-threatening waves up to five feet in height and dangerous currents were possible.”The sheriff’s office commends the heroic actions of the man who assisted in saving the lives of these two young children,” Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and his loved ones. We also encourage people to take the time to investigate current lake conditions before entering Lake Michigan and take all necessary precautions. This, like the other unfortunate drownings this summer, are tragic, incredibly sad, and preventable.”No other information was available.The victim is the fourth person to drown at Racine beaches this summer.The three other victims were children.

A man died Sunday while saving two children from Lake Michigan in Racine.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to North Beach about 3:05 p.m. for a water rescue.

Investigators said the man was unaccounted for after he went into the lake to save two boys.

“The children showed that they were in distress, and an adult male relative entered the water to save the children,” the sheriff said. “The adult male assisted in the rescue of the young children; however, he did not emerge from the water.”

Deputies quickly began to search for the man.

His body was pulled from the lake just after 4 p.m.

Lifesaving efforts were initiated and he was taken to Ascension All Saints Hospital.

That’s where doctors pronounced him dead.

The sheriff’s office said the family was visiting from Missouri.

The victim was described as a 40-year-old man.

He was identified Monday afternoon as Thomas J. Walker.

A family photo of a man who drowned at North Beach in Racine

The ages of the children were not made public.

They were not injured.

“He was a kind soul and an amazing uncle to his niece and nephews. And how we lost him is a testament to how great an uncle and all-around guy he was. (We) never met a person who didn’t like him. He is missed greatly,” his family said in a prepared statement released by the sheriff.

The National Weather Service had issued a warning of hazardous water conditions on Lake Michigan Sunday.

It included Racine County beaches.

Life-threatening waves up to five feet in height and dangerous currents were possible.

“The sheriff’s office commends the heroic actions of the man who assisted in saving the lives of these two young children,” Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and his loved ones. We also encourage people to take the time to investigate current lake conditions before entering Lake Michigan and take all necessary precautions. This, like the other unfortunate drownings this summer, are tragic, incredibly sad, and preventable.”

No other information was available.

The victim is the fourth person to drown at Racine beaches this summer.

The three other victims were children.

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