Two boys drown at Dunes State Park

August 20, 2018

CHESTERTON – Two Chicago boy drowned in separate incidents in Lake Michigan on Saturday at Indiana Dunes State Park.

About 4:45 p.m., a 10-year-old boy was found face-down in the water about 40 yards from shore, according to Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement. He was brought back to shore and CPR was started. The boy was transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Less than an hour later, about 5:40 p.m., a 14-year-old Chicago boy was pulled from the water about 50 yards from shore near the same area, according to DNR.

Two on-duty Porter Police officers entered the water and pulled him to shore. An on-duty Chesterton Police officer administered CPR before the boy was taken to Porter Regional, according to DNR.

He was later airlifted in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he died early Sunday morning.

The names of the victims were not being released as of Sunday morning.

Dunes State Park had water restrictions in place at the time of the incidents Saturday, only allowing swimming into waist-deep water, DNR reported.

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