17-year-old boy drowns trying to rescue another swimmer

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says the body of 17-year-old Bryan Christopher Stanchina of Norway was recovered after search efforts Tuesday near the Menominee River Badwater Train Bridge.

A 911 call at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday reported a swimmer in distress at the bridge located off County Road 607 in Breitung Township.

Witnesses told authorities that several teenagers were swimming at the train bridge when one swimmer became distressed in the heavy current. Several other teenagers entered the current to try and help the distressed swimmer. That swimmer was eventually helped to shore.

Stanchina was swept away from the bridge in the heavy current. The current carried the swimmer toward the Wisconsin side shoreline. The swimmer was last seen near the shoreline by the private access road to the Twin Falls Power Dam.

Several boats searched before finding Stanchina's body in about 14 feet of water near where he was last seen. Breitung Township fire and civilian volunteers and long with the Delta County Dive Team were on the water.

Recovery efforts were very difficult because of a very strong current. Stanchina was removed from the water on the Wisconsin side and the Florence County Coroner pronounced him dead. He was taken to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says it was assisted on scene by Michigan State Police, Florence County Sheriff's Office, Michigan DNR, Wisconsin DNR, Breitung Township Fire Department, Beacon Ambulance, Red Cross and Dickinson County Road Commission.

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