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Lake County Marine Unit

The Lake County Sheriff's Department Marine Unit vessel is pictured.

EAST CHICAGO — Two boaters suffered minor injuries Sunday when they were thrown from their boat after it struck submerged rocks near the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal, police said.

A 26-year-old Munster man and his 22-year-old passenger, a Hammond resident, were both taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary after the crash about 11 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

According to a preliminary report, the men were fishing and hit rocks along a wall outside the canal at a high rate of speed, said Terrie Millefoglie, a conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Both men were wearing life jackets when they went overboard, Millefoglie said. The Munster man's legs were bruised, and the Hammond man suffered cuts to his legs.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, she said. Their boat was towed.

The Lake County sheriff's Marine Unit and U.S. Coast Guard assisted.

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