Man Drowns Trying to Fetch Girlfriend's Water Bottle Man's mom says he could not swim By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Jan 2, 2011 6:41 AM CST 16 comments Comments A Michigan man died yesterday after jumping in the lake to retrieve his girlfriend's water bottle. (?Muffet) (Newser) – A Michigan man drowned in Lake Michigan yesterday while trying to retrieve his girlfriend's water bottle, reports the Chicago Tribune. Michael Hilling, 19, was sitting at the shore around midnight with his girlfriend when the bottle fell in. Hilling's mother said he couldn't swim. "Who would care about a water bottle? ... I'm just, like, in damn disbelief," she said.