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Body of missing man recovered from Lake Michigan

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — The body of a man who went missing in Lake Michigan near downtown Michigan City, Ind., was recovered Sunday morning following an overnight search.

A dive team with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources recovered the body of the 24-year-old man about 8:15 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Yaw said.

The man was among six people who ended up in the water about 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the Michigan City breakwall, which juts out into Lake Michigan and connects a shoreline park with a lighthouse. Five people were rescued, but the Coast Guard and search crews could not locate one man.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search-and-rescue mission, using two boats and a helicopter from the station in Traverse City, Mich., Yaw said. The search began after a Coast Guard crew on routine patrol spotted two people in Lake Michigan, and those people told the officers four others still were in the water. Three others were rescued from the lake by local law enforcement. The rescued individuals were not hurt, Yaw said, and did not need to be hospitalized. Yaw did not know the ages, genders or hometowns of the rescued people.

It was unclear how the people ended up in the water, Yaw said. The main Michigan City has a flat, path-like surface that allows people to walk atop the structure.

The Coast Guard and local law enforcement officers continued searching overnight. Another helicopter from Detroit was called in to relieve the Traverse City crew. Rough waters overnight forced the Coast Guard’s 25-foot boat back to the station. Crews then used a 45-foot boat to continue the search. The IDNR dive team arrived Sunday morning and recovered the body in the lake.

IDNR and the Michigan City police department also are investigating. Police did not immediately have information on the situation.

— by Patrick M. O’Connell, Chicago Tribune reporter.


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