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Three teens pulled from Lake Michigan off Ogden Dunes beach

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Three teens were hospitalized Thursday following a near-drowning incident in the waters off Ogden Dunes beach, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

According to the DNR, at 7:10 p.m. a group of five teens were swimming in rough water off the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site in Portage when one of them began to struggle and call for help. The other four attempted to rescue their friend but then they also began to struggle, the DNR said.

A strong current pulled the five westward to the waters off Ogden Dunes beach, where they were subsequently pulled from the water by good Samaritans.

Two of the teens--both from Portage--were transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, where they were listed in critical condition, the DNR said. The third, from Lake Station, was transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where the teen was listed in serious condition.

“At the time of this release, all three of their conditions had improved and they are expected to make a full recovery,” the DNR said.

Assisting at the scene were Indiana Conservation Officers, the Ogden Dunes Police and Fire departments, the Burns Harbor FD, the Portage PD, and Portage and South Haven EMS.

“Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage Lake Michigan swimmers to be aware of Lake Michigan’s rapidly changing conditions and hazards, including large waves and rip currents and avoid the water in unsafe conditions,” the DNR said. “We also recommend the use of a life jacket when swimming in any body of water.”



Posted 7/28/2017




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