Coast Guard, Indiana DNR end search, man’s body recovered

65 Traverse CityCLEVELAND — Coast Guard and Indiana Department of Natural Resources crews have ended their search for a missing 24-year-old man after crews found and recovered his body early Sunday morning.

Shortly after DNR dive crews began searching, they recovered a body and confirmed it to be the missing man around 8:30 a.m., CDT.

“Our condolences go out to the family of the victim for their tragic loss,” said Lt. Cmdr. Carolyn Moberley, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. “The Coast Guard would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers associated with recreating on or around the water and to always be aware of changing conditions.”

Just before 6:30 p.m., CDT, a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Michigan City, aboard a 25-foot response boat, spotted two people in the water near the Michigan City break wall while on a patrol. The crew rescued both people and found that they were part of a group of six that had been swept from the break wall.

Three other members of the group were rescued by local responders, while one remained missing.

An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, was launched to assist in the search. The response boat crew had to return to base due to on-scene weather and was replaced by another crew aboard a larger 45-foot response boat.

Local law enforcement searched the shoreline.

Crews continued to search during the night, replacing one another as the crews reached their fatigue limits.

Early Sundaymorning, crews from the Indiana Department of Natural Resource arrived on scene to conduct diving operations.

Coast Guard Station Michigan City, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Indiana DNR and other local agencies were involved in the search.

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