Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 1, 2013

Traverse City teen drowns at Twin Lakes Park

By Angie Jackson
ajackson@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City teenager who drowned at Twin Lakes Park has been identified as Owen Williamson, a junior at West Senior High School.

Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education President Kelly Hall confirmed the victim's identity this morning.

Williamson, 17, swam with friends Friday afternoon at the park off Long Lake Road in Long Lake Township.

Williamson became distressed and called for help, Grand Traverse sheriff's deputies said. Witnesses and friends were not able to reach him before he went under the surface. 

Deputies said a female friend pulled Williamson to the surface. Rescue crews launched an inflatable boat and pulled them to shore, where life saving efforts were initiated. 

He was taken to Munson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Grand Traverse Sheriff's Department, Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department and North Flight responded.