PORTAGE — A Gary man was rescued early Saturday from water about 5 miles offshore from Indiana Dunes Nationwide Park’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk after spending almost six hours adrift on a private watercraft, officers mentioned.
Jerimiah Merritt, 24, left the Portage Marina on a private watercraft about 5 p.m. Friday to experience on Lake Michigan, Indiana Division of Pure Assets Conservation Police mentioned.
After Merritt did not return house, his household discovered his automobile nonetheless parked on the Portage Marina and referred to as 911.
Portage and Conservation Police responded and instantly requested help within the search, in line with a information launch.
Portage police used a drone to go looking the lakefront close to the Portage Lakefront park. The Portage Fireplace Division’s Marine 1, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Lake County Sheriff’s Division Aviation and Marine models, Ogden Dunes police and Indiana Dunes Nationwide Park rangers used off-road autos, emergency watercraft, drones and helicopters to go looking an expanded space.
About 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a Coast Guard helicopter noticed Merritt adrift on his private watercraft about 5 miles offshore from the Portage Lakefront park and a Coast Guard vessel introduced him to security, police mentioned.
Merritt advised officers he had mechanical points together with his watercraft about 8 p.m. Friday and was unable to return to shore. He didn’t have a cellular phone or another technique of communication to name for assist, police mentioned.