Conservation Officers are investigating the disappearance of a 17-year-old
South Bend boy in Lake Michigan while swimming off Washington Park in
The Department of
Nature Resources has identified the boy as Rahem Mason.
According to DNR,
at approximately 7:07 p.m. Saturday evening the Indiana Conservation
Officers Central Dispatch Center received a report of a possible drowning in
Lake Michigan in the area of Washington Park, after witnesses reporting
seeing Mason go under the surface but not come back up.
Michigan City firefighters arrived on scene and began to manually search the
water, as high waves and currents prevented a search by scuba divers, DNR
said. A U.S. Coast Guard vessel immediately responded as well and conducted
a search of the area by boat, while a USCG helicopter searched by air.
efforts were unsuccessful but have resumed.
occurred after normal swimming hours and the water had been closed
throughout the day due to dangerous waves and currents,” DNR noted.