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Valparaiso canoeist missing on Long Lake

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Indiana Conservation Officers continued their search this morning for a Valparaiso man whose canoe capsized Sunday morning on Long Lake.

The Department of Natural Resources identified the man as Keegan Whaling, 20.

According to the DNR, at 7 a.m. Whaling and a friend were canoeing approximately 150 yards off the Long Lake shoreline when their boat capsized. Both men entered the water and though Whaling’s companion succeeded in reaching shore and summoning help from a nearby resident, Whaling was last seen in the water, DNR said.

A search began shortly after Whaling went missing, with Conservation Officers, the Porter County Dive Team and the Valparaiso Police Department deploying rescue divers, sonar, and drones, but as of Sunday evening Whaling remained missing.

“The search has been hindered by thick vegetation under the lake’s surface,” the DNR said. “Indiana Conservation Officers will be utilizing a different type of sonar device in an attempt to perform a more effective search.”

The search for Whaling was suspended at 10 p.m. Sunday but resumed today at 8 a.m. with boat-mounted sonar and divers on standby, the DNR said. Boaters were being asked to avoid the area while the operation continues.

Assisting at the scene were the Chesterton, Porter, and Portage fire departments and the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.


Posted 10/30/2017





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