PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a young Indiana woman has died while swimming at a lake in southwestern Michigan.

Cass County sheriff's deputies responded Tuesday evening to Long Lake in Porter Township, where seven people from Indiana had been wakeboarding. The sheriff's office says they stopped to take a break, and 19-year-old Janelle Miller of Shipshewana went for a swim and vanished.

People on the boat called 911 and tried unsuccessfully to find her. The Cass County Marine Division and the Van Buren County Dive Team found her body late Tuesday.

Official says Indiana drownings are up this year

Jul 25, 2019
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — People are drowning at a higher rate this year than last year, Indiana authorities said.

The 34 drownings in public waterways this year exceed last year's number at the same time, according to Capt. Jet Quillen of the Department of Natural Resources.

"We're a little bit higher than last year at this time," said Capt. Jet Quillen, of the Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division. "We will see them drop off in September. The boating season is the big busy time on the water - from Memorial Day to Labor Day."

Indiana man dies after overcome by waves in Lake Michigan

Jul 23, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say a man pulled from Lake Michigan has died.

They say 25-year-old Christian Rosete of Michigan City died at a hospital Sunday night.

Officers say Rosete was pulled from the lake near Washington Park Beach in Michigan City on Saturday night. They say he was swimming with family when he was overcome by waves and did not resurface.

Members of Michigan City Fire Department along with Good Samaritans were able to pull him from the water and was transported to the hospital.

Body of missing swimmer recovered in southwestern Michigan

Jul 12, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan.

They say Chikaming Township Police in Berrien County, Michigan, told them that the body of a male matching the description of 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend was found by a member of the public along a beach around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. Conservation officers responded to the scene and positively identified Mason. He's believed to have accidentally drowned.

NWI Times

HOBART, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old boy has died after being pulled unconscious from a lake in northwestern Indiana.

The Times reports Hobart police and firefighters responded Tuesday evening to a report of a possible drowning at Robinson Lake.

Detective Sgt. Nicholas Wardrip says the boy was listed in critical condition when taken to a hospital in Hobart, where he was later pronounced dead.

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

It's almost officially summer and the water temperature in Lake Michigan is getting warmer -- at least close to the shoreline.  This summer, thousands will flock to northwest Indiana beaches to enjoy the sand and Lake Michigan surf.  But the lake is fickle and it can be very dangerous.