Former Alpena man drowns

GLEN HARBOR – A 24-year-old man who lived in Alpena for a time died Thursday while swimming in Lake Michigan off Leelanaw County.

Dylan Curtis Bailey, of Detroit, was swimming in Sleeping Bear Bay near Glen Arbor after taking a jog Thursday afternoon when witnesses heard him yelling, according to information from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department. Four teenage boys from a summer camp at a nearby school went in the lake, trying to reach him. Bailey was about 650 feet from the shore when he went under before the four boys could reach him. When they brought him to shore, he wasn’t breathing.

When Leelanau Sheriff’s Deputies, Glen Arbor Fire and Rescue, and Department of Natural Resources personnel arrived, Bailey still wasn’t breathing, according to information from the Sheriff’s Department. Emergency responders started CPR, but their attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Bailey is the third person to drown in Lake Michigan off Leelanau County, according to a report from the Traverse City Record-Eagle. He was visiting the area with friends from the Detroit area.

As a senior at Wayne State University, Bailey was pursuing a degree in French and pre-medicine, according to an account in his obituary. At the same time, he was working as an emergency medical technician for DMCare Express. He travelled to France in 2006, and was honored for his achievements in French studies. He graduated from Alpena High School in 2007, and earned his paramedic certificate after graduating from Wayne County Community College with honors.

Born in Dearborn in 1989, Dylan had two brothers and a sister, according to his obituary. One brother died in 1999. He is survived by parents, Steven and Jane, three grandparents, two of whom live in Alpena, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. His funeral is Sunday, and he will be buried in Alpena.

Please see his memoriam on page 2A.

Jordan Travis can be reached via email at jtravis@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688. Follow Jordan on Twitter @jt_alpenanews. Read his blog, A Snowball’s Chance, at www.thealpenanews.com.


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