Chuck Pullen contributed to this story
“High wave warnings have been issued for all Gary Beaches and no swimming is allowed at this time” Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield
August 5, 2017-Gary Fire personnel are on scene at Marquette Park at his hour wrapping up a water rescue and recovery effort. Crews were called to the scene just after 8:30 a.m. today after a swimmer went missing in the water. Gary Fire was assisted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department helicopter in the search. At approximately 8:48 a.m., crews arrived on scene and began searching the area. Witnesses on scene reported that a 24 year old female had gone missing in the water. No further information is available at this time.
UPDATE: Gary Fire Chief Paul Bradley has confirmed that a 24 year old female drowned in Lake Michigan this morning. Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield stated “on Saturday August 5, 2017 approximately 7:50 am a call for service was placed for Marquette Beach in regards to a female in the water. The beach was closed at this
time with no lifeguard on duty. Both Gary Police Department and Gary Fire Department responded. The female was later located and declared deceased on scene by the Lake County Coroners office.”
UPDATE FROM INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: At approximately 7:30 a.m. on August 5th Kaitlynn Boswinkle and two friends arrived at Marquette Beach and entered the water to swim. The three friends exited the water for a short time before Kaitlynn returned to the water and swam to a buoy approximately 200 feet from shore.
The two friends on the beach lost sight of Kaitlynn and entered the water to look for her. Struggling in three to five foot waves and fighting a strong current, one of the friends exited the water and called 911.
Emergency responders arrived on scene and began to search for Kaitlynn. At approximately 9:31 a.m. a beachgoer observed the victim through a pair of binoculars and her body was recovered by Gary Police and Fire.
The incident is still under investigation and is currently believed to be drowning related. Assisting agencies include Gary Police and Fire, Lake County Helicopter and Marine Unit, and the Lake County Coroner. Indiana Conservation Officers are responsible for the investigation of all drownings occurring in state waters.
High wave warnings have been issued for all Gary Beaches and no swimming is allowed at this time.
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