Coast Guard ends active search for missing man in Lake Michigan

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CLEVELAND — Rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard have ended their active search on Lake Michigan for a man reported missing Saturday night.

At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, a rescue crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Michigan City, Indiana, responded to a report from La Porte, Indiana, 911 dispatch of six people in distress one and a half miles off the shore of the Michigan City Lighthouse. Upon arriving at the scene, the rescue crew pulled three adults out of the water and good Samaritan boaters on-scene pulled two more people out of the water. One boater remained missing.

Searching were Coast Guard rescue crews aboard 25-foot and 45-foot response boats from Station Michigan City, a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Muskegon, Michigan, and various local responders.

The six people reportedly jumped off their boat into the water to escape the heat, but then their boat started drifting away and they could not get back to it. None of the people in the water were reportedly wearing life jackets.

Other boaters in the vicinity notified search-and-resuce authorities.

Only after a probable search area is saturated with the appropriate assets and resources, and persons lost or in distress are still not located, is a decision made to suspend a case.

Anyone that may have information that could aid in the search is asked to call 414-747-7190.

The water temperature in southern Lake Michigan is 45 degrees.

The Coast Guard reminds people on the water that, following a long and cold winter season, the Great Lakes water temperature is much lower than normal for this time of year. An average person submerged in 45 degree water only has about 30 minutes before becoming hypothermic.

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