A 10-year-old girl
drowned on Sunday in the lake at the old Yogi Bear campground in Portage,
now called Lakeshore Camp Resort, 5300 Old Porter Road.
The Porter County
Coronerís Office has identified the victim as Kelly Solomon of St. Paul.
According to an
Associated Press report, around 5 p.m. the girl was seen struggling near a
swimming platform in the lake, then disappearing under the water. Lifeguards
immediately began a search and the Portage, Porter, and Chesterton FD dive
teams all responded to the scene.
The CFD said that
an initial free-dive search was conducted in the area where the girl was
last seen, approximately 40 yards from the shore, as confirmed by multiple
witnesses. After 15 minutes with no results, divers from all departments
entered the water in a V-search pattern, following behind the Porter FDís
boat. Four minutes later the girl was found in approximately 20 feet of
water, the CFD said.
transported Kelly to Porter Regional Hospital, where ďdespite all lifesaving
measures performed by EMS and emergency room staff, (she) was pronounced
deceased at 6:09 p.m.,Ē the Coronerís Office said.
investigation is ongoing and the autopsy pending, Coroner Cyndi Dykes said.