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Man dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan

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The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore said that 37-year-old Gonzola Silva of Lafayette, Ind., died Sunday night at St. Anthony Health in Michigan City after being pulled from Lake Michigan a few hours earlier by rescue workers from a beach near Beverly Shores.

According to a news release from the National Parks Service, at approximately 5:30 p.m. a park visitor saw someone in the water struggling in waves of about three to five feet in height.

The visitor called the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Dispatch Center to report that a man was having trouble in the high waves and that family members were attempting to reach him, the NPS said.

Rescuers from the Beverly Shores Police Department, Beverly Shores Fire Department and the Porter Fire Department Dive Rescue team responded to the scene and were able to rescue two family members who were in the water and get them safely to shore. They then located a third victim floating in the surf approximately 40 yards to the west about 10 feet from shore but found him unresponsive, the NPS said.

CPR was started and an AED was applied. The man was then identified as Gonzola Silva and was transported to St. Anthony’s where he was initially listed in critical condition upon arrival and had a pulse and was placed on a respirator, the NPS said.

Silva was pronounced dead at approximately 9:30 p.m. by St. Anthony’s doctors, the NPS said.

The National Weather Service had issued a Hazardous Beach Advisory for Saturday afternoon through this morning with waves expected to be in the range of four to five feet.

Posted 7/29/2013