A Chicago man
remained missing this morning in the waters of Lake Michigan, after he
disappeared on Saturday while trying to rescue two other swimmers who had
floated away from their boat off shore of Mt. Baldy, the Indiana Department
of Natural Resources said.
The DNR identified
the missing man as Ron Wood Jr., 29.
According to the
DNR, around 6 p.m. Wood and several others were drifting in a 33-foot SeaRay
motorboat, north of Mt. Baldy, when two of their party decided to go
swimming but began floating away from the boat.
Wood and several
others went into the water themselves to rescue the two, at which point the
boat itself started drifting, until it was several hundred feet away from
the rescuers, the DNR said. The sole passenger still on the boat was unable
to start its engines and called 911.
Meanwhile, a nearby
boat observed those in distress and succeeded in rescuing two swimmers “who
were struggling to stay afloat” after some 35 minutes in the water, the DNR
said. Then the U.S. Coast Guard arrived at the scene and rescued two more
Wood was discovered
to be missing, however, and a search was begun for him. Responding to the
scene at 8:15 p.m. were the dive/rescue teams of the Porter, Chesterton, and
Portage fire departments. That effort was suspended at 10:11 p.m. due to
darkness, PFD Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today.
The PFD and CFD
teams were back on the water on Sunday by 8:30 a.m. and continued their
efforts until noon, while the Indiana conservation officers pursued a
below-surface sonar operation. That operation was also suspended on Sunday,
with plans to resume again today, the DNR said.
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