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
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