He said emergency responders began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rushed to him Porter Regional – Portage Campus for further treatment the closest emergency room because the victim had no pulse and was in cardiac arrest.
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said early Sunday evening the victim, who friends said was originally from Mexico, was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m. at the Portage Hospital emergency room.
The agencies assisting the DNR included: Portage Fire Department, Portage Police Department, Porter Fire Department, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Law Enforcement Park Rangers.
Sosby said there has been a higher than average number of calls to assist people on the Lake this season.
7 ways to avoid drowning in Northwest Indiana
7 ways to avoid drowning
1. Check the conditions ahead of time.
2. Always wear a life vest.
3. Flip, float and follow.
4. If you're caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore.
5. Don't panic.
6. If you see someone struggling in the water, get them something that floats.
7. Stay away from rock walls, piers and other structures.
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Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.