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DNR: Canoeist still missing on Long Lake

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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.


Posted 10/31/2017




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