A deckhand on an
ore boat docked at ArcelorMittal apparently drowned on Monday after falling
into the water.
The victim has been
identified as Sara Murawski, 30, of Kinde, Mich.
occurred at 3:45 p.m., after Murawski had disembarked the ship and was
retrieving her personal belongings on the dock. Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill
Arney told the Chesterton Tribune that Murawski is believed to have
been reaching for an item when she slipped off the dock and fell into the
water 15 feet below, likely hitting her head on the ship on the way down.
Murawski had just
completed a tour of several weeks aboard the Wildred Sykes and was
preparing to go home for the holidays, Arney said. She was not wearing a
personal flotation device at the time of the accident and was not seen to
surface. A witness did enter the water in an attempt to rescue Murawski but
was unable to do so.
The Burns Harbor,
Porter, and Chesterton FD dive teams all responded to the scene, but only
the PFD’s team actually dived, after the Wilfred Sykes had been moved
away from the dock to clear space for search efforts. Murawski was recovered
by Lt. Evan Jamrok in 32 feet of water, next to the dock wall approximately
10 feet from where she’d gone in, PFD Chief Jay Craig said. At that point
Murawski had been in the water for 42 minutes, Arney noted.
transported by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel to a BHFD ambulance and, while EMS
performed CPR, taken to Porter Regional Hospital, where she was subsequently
pronounced dead. Murawski had sustained a contusion to the head and when
recovered her body temperature had dropped to 82 degrees, well below the 95
degrees at which hypothermia occurs, Arney said.
The Porter County
Coroner’s Office and Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the