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DNR sys man thrown off personal watercraft may have had heart attack in water

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of an East Chicago man on Sunday at the Hammond Marina.

According to the DNR, at 4:15 p.m. Bobby J. Wilson, 30, was operating a personal watercraft on Lake Michigan, just outside the Hammond Marina, when the watercraft overturned and Wilson and his passenger were thrown into the water.

Waves at the time were reported at two to three feet and both Wilson and his passenger were wearing U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation devices.

Wilson was seen struggling to stay afloat in the water and then went unconscious, the DNR said. A good Samaritan boater assisted the pair and transported Wilson into the marina’s fuel dock before calling 911.

Emergency responders and Indiana conservation officers rendered first aid and CPR but Wilson was subsequently pronounced dead at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, where he was transported by ambulance, the DNR said.

An autopsy was conducted on Monday at the Lake County Coroner’s Office determined preliminarily that Wilson died from “drowning with complications due to existing medical conditions,” the DNR said. “It is believed that he may have suffered a heart attack during the incident.”


Posted 8/13/2013