ASHTABULA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A 16-year-old boy is the 26th Lake Erie fatality this year after he succumbed to his drowning injuries while swimming at an Ashtabula County beach.
Micah Nugent became caught in 3- to 5-foot waves at Walnut Beach on Tuesday, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
He was eventually rescued from the water and rushed to the hospital where he died on Wednesday.
Statistics recently released by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project state that Lake Erie is the deadliest of the Great Lakes this year.
"This is the first year since 2010 that Lake Erie is leading the drowning statistics," says Dave Benjamin, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Safety experts and government officials are expected to meet in Cleveland this fall to discuss water and swim safety in Lake Erie.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help Nugent's family with funeral costs.