Swimmer dies after becoming tangled in vegetation at Detroit-area park

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A 20-year-old man died after becoming tangled in some vegetation while swimming at Stony Creek Metro Park in Shelby Township about 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

Macomb County sheriff’s officials say Rayven Elia of Sterling Heights and another 20-year-old man from Warren were swimming near the Winter Cove picnic area when they began to struggle.

“It is believed that both males became tangled in some heavy vegetation while swimming, which caused them to have difficulties swimming,” the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Neither male was wearing a life jacket.”

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