Mesick woman dies from apparent drowning after saving children from river.

July 26, 2018

Mesick woman dies from apparent drowning after saving children from river.


MARILLA TOWNSHIP — A 33-year-old Mesick woman died from an apparent drowning Wednesday evening in the Big Manistee River after saving some children from drowning, according to Manistee County Undersheriff Kenneth Falk.

Lee Dawn Mann was pronounced dead at the scene, Falk said.

“The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a possible drowning that occurred on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at approximately 7 p.m.,” states a press release from Falk. “Deputies were dispatched to the Big Manistee River near Upper River Road, south of Woodpecker Creek on a power line access road, which is in Marilla Township, Manistee County.

“Deputies advised there were some children swimming in the Big Manistee River when it appeared they were struggling in the current of the river. That was when Lee Dawn Mann, a 33-year-old female from Mesick, went into the river to help the children. Witnesses stated Lee Mann was able to push the children back into the shallow water and then Lee Mann was observed face down in the river. Witnesses stated they were able to grab a floatation device and get to Mann and pull her to shore where CPR was started.

“Deputies arrived on the scene and found that CPR was in progress on the victim by Munson Healthcare Manistee EMS. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Manistee County Medical Examiner has requested an autopsy.”

Mann’s next of kin have been contacted, Falk said.

The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Michigan DNR officers, Maple Grove Township Fire Department, Norman Township Fire Department, Munson Healthcare Manistee EMS, and the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services.

No other details are immediately available.

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