Crews continue to search lake for missing swimmer

2012-06-20T12:20:00Z 2012-06-21T00:18:40Z Crews continue to search lake for missing swimmerBy Lauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

BEVERLY SHORES | State officials will continue to search Lake Michigan for a New York man who went missing Monday until he is found.

Terri Arlandson, conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, said crews went back to the lake at 6 a.m. Wednesday to conduct water surface searches. IDNR crews conducted searches using side-scan sonar and divers Monday night and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Arlandson said as of Wednesday there had been no sign of the man, but DNR officials would continue to search the surface of the water and beaches until he is found.

Arlandson said DNR officers regularly patrol the lakefront this time of year, so officers will search the area he was last seen to help bring closure to the family.

Leonel Dominguez, 31, of the Bronx borough of New York City went missing about 3 p.m. Monday when his raft capsized just east of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Lake View Beach in Beverly Shores. He was about a quarter mile from the shore when he vanished.

Earlier in the day, Dominguez and a companion rowed a small, inflatable boat from Lake View Beach into the lake. The companion told emergency crews they rowed too far into the lake. Dominguez became fatigued as he tried to swim back to shore pulling the boat.

When he tried to re-enter the boat, it flipped over and blew away. Dominguez and his companion struggled to swim to shore. A man on the beach swam out to help and was able to rescue the woman.

Officials said neither Dominguez nor his companion were wearing life jackets when they were in the water amid 30 mph winds and 3-foot-high waves.

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