By Sara Powers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The swimming area at Grand Haven State Park in western Michigan has been closed following several near drownings.

Park officials shut down swimming Tuesday in Lake Michigan off the beach.

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Grand Haven’s Public Safety Department said in a release that a woman and her husband struggled while swimming Tuesday evening before making it to shore.

Meanwhile, an off-duty police officer and bystanders saved a 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy from the water.

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Officers also helped a man return his wife to shore after she struggled against the current in the lake.

Park officials said water conditions for swimming would be re-evaluated Wednesday.

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