Marquette Park stock

A Lake County police patrol boat near the shoreline at Marquette Park Beach in this stock photo.

GARY — A search was underway in Lake Michigan off Marquette Park for a boater who was seen entering the water while his craft was moving earlier Sunday evening, according to the Coast Guard.

Several people on the beach saw the person leaving the boat, said Petty Officer 1st Class Gavin Shepherd.

Beachgoers on Jet Ski-type crafts began a search, but were unable to locate the person, he said.

The Coast Guard was notified at 5:37 p.m. and responded with a search boat and helicopter, Shepherd said.

Lake County also sent out a helicopter and was joined in the search by its marine unit and the Gary Fire Department, he said.

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Officials believe only one person was aboard the boat, which has been recovered, Shepherd said.

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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.