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Ottawa County divers resume search for missing Flint teen near Holland Channel

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Eliza Trainer, 16, is presumed dead after being swept into Lake Michigan from the Holland pier on New Year's Day. Ottawa County dive teams resumed searching for her Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (WWMT/CNN)

Nearly two weeks after she was swept off the Lake Michigan Pier, dive teams resumed the search Monday for Eliza Trainer.

Trainer, 16, and her 18-year-old friend were walking the pier late on New Year's Day when a large wave swept them both into the lake at 11:30 p.m.

The 18-year-old was able was to climb out of the water and call for help. Trainer is presumed drowned. Dive and rescue teams have been searching for her as weather permits.

On Monday, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, assisted by teams from the Michigan State Police, the Kent County Sheriff's Office and the Allegan County Sheriff's Office resumed searching the water around the Lake Michigan Pier at the Holland Channel. Weather conditions provided a window of opportunity the search, sheriff's deputies said in a written announcement on the search.

Ottawa County dive teams also are continuing the search for 18-year-old Hunter Klompstra of Coopersville, Michigan, who was last seen walking near the Grand River in Holland after leaving a friend's New Year's Eve party. Ottawa deputies said dive teams spent Friday, Jan. 10, with assistance from the Michigan State Police, searching the Grand River area near Eastmanville for Klompstra. Nothing was located in that operation and the efforts will continue.


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