The search for a
Valparaiso canoeist who went missing on Long Lake on Sunday continued Monday
without success, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is reporting.
Keegan Whaling and
a friend were canoeing around 7 a.m. Sunday when, approximately 150 yards
off shore, their boat capsized. Whaling’s friend made it to land but Whaling
did not and searchers deploying sonar, divers, and drones were on Long Lake
until 10 p.m.
What the DNR
characterized as a “massive effort” resumed at 8 a.m. Monday but at the end
of the day Whaling remained missing. Eight Northwest Indiana fire
departments assisted Conservation Officers, a boat-mounted sonar conducted
searches of at the north end of Long Lake, and divers manually checked
heavily weeded areas beneath the lake’s surface, to no avail, the DNR said.
“Due to the
conditions under the surface of the lake, the search efforts are being
scaled back and will include Indiana Conservation Officers checking the area
by boat,” the DNR said late on Monday. “Nearby residents and lake users are
aware of the situation and are asked to immediately contact Indiana
Conservation Officers at (812) 837-9536 if Keegan's body is spotted.”
The Chesterton and
Porter FDs participated in the search.