The teen’s body was found by divers in about 9 feet of water early this morning.
Family and friends of a 15-year-old Dearborn boy are mourning his death after he drowned while swimming in an Oakland County lake Saturday evening.
Mohammed Wutwut was swimming in Cass Lake in Waterford when a friend observed he was having trouble swimming shortly after 6 p.m. The friend attempted to reach Mohammed, but lost sight of him, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
The friend called out to those on shore to call 9-1-1.
The Waterford Police Departments, Regional Fire Department, and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Dive Team all responded, with a total of 10 divers searching for the teen. Within 15 minutes of the initial emergency call, the first jump boat was in the water — there were five total, including one from Keego Harbor.
The teen’s body was discovered around 12:45 a.m. today in approximately 9 feet of water, about 300 feet from the shore, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputies were able to identify his location using a sonar device.
Capt. Mel Maier, with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Operation, said the area where the teen was recovered had very dense growth with heavy underwater weeds.
“We just kept at it, we had hoped for a different outcome, it is a tragic situation,” said Maier.
He said the boy’s family remained at the scene the entire time and helped to give the rescue team strength during a difficult search process.
“They are very good people and have a lot of friends,” Maier said, “Sheriff (Michael) Bouchard just wanted to make sure the family was taken care of. We kept them informed. They are very nice people and our hearts are with them.”
Mohammad would have been a sophomore this fall at Star International Academy, a charter school in Dearborn Heights. His untimely death rocked the community.
“Mohammad was such a humble young man, ambitious and a person who did nothing but go out of his way to make people smile and happy,” Aisha Tahir, a junior at Eastern Michigan University, who knew Wutwut from the tight-knit K-12 campus wrote in a Facebook message to a reporter.
“Although we never held long conversations, there was always a sincere smile and hello that always made my day. I saw the way he treated those around him and even the teachers. He will be missed dearly by not just me, but any and everyone he’s even said a simple “hello” to.”
Mohammad’s older sister Sara Wutwut declined to comment to a Free Press reporter, writing, “It’s a bit too emotional right now,” in a Facebook message that included a broken heart emoji.
She wrote about her disbelief and the tragedy of her brother’s passing in a public Facebook post.
“I don’t even know how this all happened. Still in denial… habibi , ruhi , galbi…. how will we go on living without you? Habibi Hamoudy,” she wrote. “I didn’t even get a chance to celebrate your graduation… or be proud of you when you enroll in college….. I won’t even get to see you get married…. habib Ruhi Hamoudy. Mannnnn I’m going to miss you and your annoying, beautiful face. We were supposed to run together. You were supposed to train me, remember. Why did you leave? I was excited about taking you Up North with the family…. we can’t go without you. Nothing is going to be the same. Habibi, I love you and will miss you like no words would ever be able to describe.”
Maier said there are always hidden dangers of swimming, “no matter how many precautions you take.”
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