One person missing in Lake Michigan

2014-05-31T22:45:00Z 2014-06-01T12:00:10Z One person missing in Lake MichiganTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 31, 2014 10:45 pm  • 

Emergency personnel late Saturday night were looking for a person who went missing from a boat about 1.5 miles offshore from the Michigan City Lighthouse.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, six people on the boat in Lake Michigan decided to go swimming Saturday. Two of the people ended up having to be rescued by a private vessel and three others were picked up by a small Coast Guard vessel.

Coast Guard rescue crews aboard 25-foot and 45-foot response boats from Michigan City, a Dauphin helicopter from Air Facility Muskegon, Mich., the state Department of Natural Resources, and various local rescue personnel were searching for the other swimmer.

The names of the boaters were not being released by the Coast Guard.

At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a rescue crew aboard a 45-foot Coast Guard vessel out of Michigan City responded to a 911 report from LaPorte of six people in distress 1.5 miles offshore. The rescue crew pulled three adults out of the water, while private boaters the Coast Guard described as good Samaritans pulled two more people out of the water.

The six people reportedly jumped off their boat into the water to escape the heat. Their boat, however, started drifting away and they could not get back to it. None of the people were believed to be wearing life jackets, according to the Coast Guard.

Other boaters in the area notified search-and-rescue officials.

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