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
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