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Beach & Pier Safety Database / Grand Haven Pier Fatalities


Car ferry Grand Haven leaving the Grand Trunk docks.

1.   July 26, 1925:  Jens Johanson, 26, a crew member of the car ferry Grand Haven walked out near the end of the south pier and dove into the lake with the intention of swimming to a point on the beach about 1 1/2 miles away.  He was of strong physical stature and a good swimmer but after about 800 feet he was either seized by cramps or exhausted himself in the moderately choppy waves and went down.

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