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Michigan City's lighthouse at Washington Park is one of the city's most popular landmarks.

MICHIGAN CITY — Two men who were knocked into Lake Michigan by heavy waves Friday night have been identified.

Police identified the men as John Hammons, 22, of LaPorte and Slater Harkleroad, 20, of Union Mills. Hammons was treated and released from the scene. Harkleroad was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City and pronounced dead at the hospital, the release states.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hammons and Harkleroad were walking on the Michigan City Lighthouse breakwall when waves about 10 to 15 feet high knocked them into the water, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in an earlier news release.

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Officials said Hammons swam back to the breakwall and threw a life ring into the water to try and save Harkleroad, however, he did not surface.

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The Coast Guard rescued Harkleroad before he was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City, the release states.

Michigan City police, Michigan City firefighters, LaPorte County EMS and the U.S. Coast Guard all assisted in the incident.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.