Yesterday, July 23, 2016, Camp Au Sable tragically lost one of our summer staff, George Jameson, to a drowning accident. George was part of the Horse Barn department. After church and outreach at a local nursing home, a group had the rest of the afternoon off. So, they decided to spend some time at a beautiful, secluded lake about 10 minutes away from our camp. As they were snorkeling to view some of the underwater nature, George called out for help and then he sank out of sight despite the attempts by fellow staff to rescue him. 9-1-1 was immediately called. Our camp director, camp physician, and camp manager, rushed to the scene and together they were able to find him and pull him out. Despite valiant efforts to resuscitate, he was lost to us.
George had just graduated from Great Lakes Adventist Academy and this was his second summer working at Camp Au Sable. His parents are George and Rachel Jameson and they also have two younger sons, Silas and Michael who are students at GLAA. His mother has served as a Michigan Conference teacher for many years and she is currently the principal/teacher in Edenville, Michigan.
Our hearts are broken over the tragic loss of this very fine Christian young man. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and the Camp Au Sable staff. “We have this hope” that we will see him again one day soon.