It was a day of fun turned tragic.
Saturday evening, 22 year old Andrew Davis was swimming with family at Robert Morris Park in Comstock Township.
Officials say he had just moved to the area from Mississippi only 4 days ago.
Around 5:30 officials say the family called the Kalamazoo Sheriff's office because they couldn't find Davis in the water.
“We can only tell you that you know he was swimming with family there was no horseplay there was no foul play there was no problems,” Sheriff Richard Fuller of Kalamazoo County said. “It was just someone noticed that he was having difficulty and by the time family members or anybody in the area was able to get there he had already gone under the water.”
Several agencies reported to the scene including a dive team, who used sonar to try to find Davis.
They ended up pulling him from the water around 6:45.
“CPR was done again from the first minute he was out of the water until 40 minutes later,” Fuller said.
“We have what is called the golden hour, they've had success across the country with people that have been in cold water up to an hour,” Chief Walter Culver of Comstock Township Fire said. “My understanding is cold water preserves the heart so the heart can be re-stimulated when it's cold versus warm.”
Davis was transported to Borgess Hospital.
Despite rescue efforts, at 7:30 he passed away.
Authorities are hoping others can take a lesson away from this tragedy.
"We encourage swimming in pairs,” Fuller said. “If your partner is right there and knows you’re having difficulty you have a better shot of getting out of the water.”
Officials also recommend you know any drop off points or strong currents associated with the area where you are swimming, and of course, wear a life jacket if you're uncomfortable.