The Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office said a 58-year-old man from Alexandria, Virginia drowned Friday afternoon in Long Lake.
Investigators say two men were attempting to swim from an island in the lake to the mainland.
One swimmer told the other person that he could not make it and turned back toward the island.
The other swimmer told investigators that he looked back and at some point lost sight of the the swimmer returning to island, and thought he had made it back.
When a search of the Island turned up nothing, emergency personnel were called to the scene.
The Sheriff's Dive Team found the victim, John McCauley Braswell, 58, in approximately 50 feet of water between the mainland and the island.