Man pulled from Lake Michigan not a strong swimmer, relative says

The body of a missing swimmer has been recovered from Lake Michigan in Whiting, Indiana.

The victim has been identified as Jose Alcazar, 18,  from Hammond, Indiana. His relative said he wasn’t a strong swimmer.

“We talked about this before,” said Paolo Gonzalez, Alcazar’s former girlfriend.  “I don’t know why he would do this,” she added.

Alcazar was one of four teenagers who jumped off a new fishing pier at Whihala Beach at about 7:30 p.m. Monday night.

Only three of them surfaced.

They were able to swim to the support beams of the pier and were rescued.

The lifeguard near the park had left for the evening when the park closed at 7:00, according to WGN’s Nancy Loo.

Crews searched for Alcazar for several hours using side-scan sonar and other equipment.

His body was located about 50 feet from the pier just after 10 p.m.

He was the guy “everyone wanted to be like,” said Jose Sandoval, Alcazar’s former soccer coach, “very popular.”

Alcazar leaves being an extended family and a two-month-old son.

 

 

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