Indiana Conservation Officers patrolling Lake Michigan plucked three
Illinois men from the sixty degree waters of Lake Michigan at 11:45 a.m. on
The three men had fallen off their personal water craft approximately a
quarter of a mile off shore from Lake Street beach in Lake County. The
strong southwest winds were blowing their water craft away faster than they
could swim after it. All three were cold and exhausted. The officers were
able to get them in their patrol boat, and then reunite them with their jet
“This is a perfect example of why wearing a personal flotation jacket is so
important when on a personal water craft,” said First Sgt. Tom Torsell.
“Without these guys having their life jackets on, this could easily have
been three body recoveries.”
Indiana law requires all persons on a personal water craft to wear a U.S.
Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
All other boats require a wearable U.S. Coast Guard approved device be on
board for each person on the boat. Although it is not required to wear them
on boats other than personal water crafts, the Department of Natural
Resources Law Enforcement Division highly recommends they be worn.