Rescuers Search for Missing Swimmer Off Whihala Beach

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    A Man disappeared after going into the choppy water off Whihala Beach near Whiting, Ind. Rob Elgas reports. (Published Thursday, July 18, 2013)

    U.S. Coast Guard rescuers are searching for a man who went missing while swimming Thursday off Whihala Beach near Whiting, Ind., officials said.

    Officials were alerted to the area about a half-mile off the coast of Whihala Beach, on the other side of the Hammond Marina, around 3:48 p.m.

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    It took rescue officials about 15 minutes to reach the college students in the still-frigid water. (Published Friday, May 17, 2013)

    The 50-year-old man was reportedly on a bat when he went swimming, but suddenly went missing, officials said. Two others were on the boat at the time of his disappearance.

    The Coast Guard, a Hammond Fire Department Boat, a Lake County Sheriff boat and diver, and the Indiana Conservation Police boat were still searching the waters for the man Thursday evening.

    Check back for details on this developing story.