conservation officers and local authorities in Newton County continued the
search on Sunday for a man who went missing the day before on JC Murphy Lake
at the Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area.
According to the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, at 7 p.m. Saturday Saul Lopez, 24,
of Hammond, was floating on a rubber raft with a friend when the raft began
to lose air through a puncture hole. Both occupants of the raft tried to row
back to shore with the two oars but were unsuccessful, DNR said, at which
time Lopez jumped into the water to try and push the boat back into shore.
“Lopez swam for a
short time near the raft but quickly went under and never resurfaced,” DNR
said. “No lifejackets were onboard the raft at the time of the incident.”