Man who drowned in Mid-Michigan lake remembered as hero - WNEM TV 5

Man who drowned in Mid-Michigan lake remembered as hero

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ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

People were back on the water on Tuesday at Lobdell Lake in Argentine Township.

The lake had been closed since Sunday when police said 47-year-old Thomas Kelly lost his life trying to save two little girls.

"Aw, it's a shame. You're out here having fun. Lobdell Lake is a nice lake," Susan said.

Susan, who preferred not to use her last name, has spent summers on Lobdell Lake since she was a child.

She said news of the man's drowning on Sunday is heartbreaking, but his intentions were heroic.

"He did a good Samaritan act. God Bless the man," Susan said.

Police said Kelly was on a boat with a friend pulling two little girls on a tube when the 6- and 7-year-olds were thrown from the tube. Thomas and his female friend jumped in the water to save them. Everyone made it out safely, except Kelly.

"He absolutely is a hero. Absolutely," Susan said.

About 30 divers searched the lake for Kelley. Members of the Genesee County Dive Team found his body in the water Monday afternoon.

Susan, who is also a retired police officer, said she's assisted in a few rescues herself and facing an outcome like this is never easy.

She said while she and many others love being out on the water it's important to remember there are dangers involved.

 “This water is a little more powerful than any of us are. You've got to respect the water. You've got to respect the speed that your boat is doing and they don’t stop on a dime like an automobile does," Susan said.

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