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Girl drowns at old Yogi Bear campground

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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. Minn.

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.

Portage EMS 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.

The death investigation is ongoing and the autopsy pending, Coroner Cyndi Dykes said.


Posted 7/13/2020




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