Body Found After Man Gets Swept Into Lake Michigan by Waves

At the time of the incident, waves were about 5 to 7 feet high

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Paul Zalatoris

The body of a 24-year-old man who was declared missing after he and five other people were swept off a breakwall and into Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana was found Sunday.

Indiana conservation officers say the body of Earl Helmuth of Nappanee, Indiana, was recovered at about 8 a.m. in 12 feet of water.

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the group of six were standing on the breakwall at Trail Creek near the Michigan City lighthouse when a wave washed over the wall and swept them into the water, according to Chief Josh Janney with the Michigan City Coast Guard.

Three of the people were able to get themselves out of the water and two others, including a pregnant woman, were rescued by the Coast Guard, Janney said. The Coast Guard was unable to rescue the 24-year-old man.

At the time of the incident, waves were about 5 to 7 feet high, Janney said.

The Coast Guard plans to continue its search for the missing man on Sunday.

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