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.”
High wave warnings have been issued for all Gary Beaches and no swimming is allowed at this time.