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Four rescued from lake after craft fills with water

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Indiana conservation officers rescued a party of four floating in Lake Michigan on Sunday after their watercraft filled with water, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

According to a statement released on Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m. a 911 call was made to report four persons floating approximately one mile off shore, east of the Port of Indiana. Conservation officers arrived on scene in six-foot waves and found the four--an adult and three children--all of them wearing life jackets.

They were identified as Savino Garbuno of Plainfield, Ill., and his children, aged 7, 12, and 14. They had been in the water for about an hour before they were rescued and the children were displaying the initial signs of hypothermia, the DNR said.

The family was transported to the Portage Marina, where they were met by Portage Fire Department EMS personnel.

An investigation determined that a bilge plug was missing from the hull of Garbuno’s watercraft, causing it to fill with water and become unstable, the DNR said.



Posted 9/4/2013