The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore said that 37-year-old Gonzola Silva of
Lafayette, Ind., died Sunday night at St. Anthony Health in Michigan City
after being pulled from Lake Michigan a few hours earlier by rescue workers
from a beach near Beverly Shores.
According to a news release from the National Parks Service, at
approximately 5:30 p.m. a park visitor saw someone in the water struggling
in waves of about three to five feet in height.
The visitor called the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Dispatch Center to
report that a man was having trouble in the high waves and that family
members were attempting to reach him, the NPS said.
Rescuers from the Beverly Shores Police Department, Beverly Shores Fire
Department and the Porter Fire Department Dive Rescue team responded to the
scene and were able to rescue two family members who were in the water and
get them safely to shore. They then located a third victim floating in the
surf approximately 40 yards to the west about 10 feet from shore but found
him unresponsive, the NPS said.
CPR was started and an AED was applied. The man was then identified as
Gonzola Silva and was transported to St. Anthony’s where he was initially
listed in critical condition upon arrival and had a pulse and was placed on
a respirator, the NPS said.
Silva was pronounced dead at approximately 9:30 p.m. by St. Anthony’s
doctors, the NPS said.
The National Weather Service had issued a Hazardous Beach Advisory for
Saturday afternoon through this morning with waves expected to be in the
range of four to five feet.