A Lafayette man
died Sunday morning at Porter Regional Hospital following a swimming mishap
at Indiana Dunes State Park the night before after the beach had closed, the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
The DNR identified
the victim as John Lank, 29.
occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday, DNR Director of Communications Phil Bloom
told the Chesterton Tribune, after the beach had been closed for the
day, as usual during the swimming season, at 7 p.m.
Sometime after Lank
entered the water with several others, “he disappeared,” Bloom said. At 7:43
p.m. Lank was found on the beach near the water’s edge, unresponsive. CPR
was administered by an unknown person until Porter Police and Fire arrived
at the scene, along with Porter hospital EMS, Bloom said.
subsequently transported to Porter Regional Hospital (PRH), where he died at
7:06 a.m. Sunday, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Tribune.
Cause of death,
Harris said: anoxic brain injury due to drowning.
Harris did say that
“drugs and alcohol played a role in the drowning,” according to witnesses at
the scene. Lank also “tested positive for a high (blood alcohol content) and
drugs” on PRH’s toxicology screen, Harris said.
The results of
Harris’ own toxicology screen are pending. No autopsy will be conducted.
Bloom noted that
sometime on Saturday afternoon wave conditions prompted the DNR lifeguards
to restrict all swimming to a waist-high depth.