Chesterton Tribune

Chicago Heights boy pulled from water at West Beach

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According to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, at approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, one of the members of a group of 13 adults and children from Chicago Heights, Ill. while visiting the West Beach unit notified National Park Service lifeguards on duty that a 5-year boy had gone missing.

The lifeguards started a land and water search. After approximately ten minutes, one of the lifeguards found the missing child below the water about 20 yards from the shore, the National Lakeshore said.

The boy was brought to shore where he immediately received emergency medical care, was transferred to the advance life support unit of the Portage Fire Department, transported to Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary and then airlifted to Childrens Hospital in Chicago.

An update on the boys condition was not given Friday.

West Beach is the only guarded beach inside the National Lakeshore.

 

Posted 7/20/2012