CHICAGO | A 5-year-old boy appears to be the third victim of drowning this summer along Northwest Indiana beaches.
The boy, identified as Nacere Bradley, of Chicago Heights, was pronounced dead at 9:54 p.m. Friday after being pulled out of the water a day earlier at West Beach, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy was to take place Saturday, but was delayed until Sunday.
The boy, who was part of a group visiting the beach, was under water for about 10 minutes, officials said. Lifeguards immediately began searching and found him about 20 yards into the lake.
Emergency medical care was administered to the boy and he was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary by Portage Fire Department and then airlifted to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago.
Leonel Dominguez, 31, of the Bronx in New York City, drowned June 18 when his raft capsized just east of Lake View Beach in Beverly Shores, and Corey McFry, 15, drowned July 8 when waves swept him under the lake at Portage Lakefront Park and Riverwalk.