EC 11-year-old identified as Wolf Lake drowning victim
Post-Tribune Staff Report June 23, 2012 6:23PM
Updated: June 23, 2012 10:00PM
The Lake County Coroner’s office has identified the boy who died Friday while swimming in Wolf Lake as Antwain Hall, 11, of the 4000 block of Olcott Avenue in East Chicago.
He was swimming with a 13-year-old friend, also from East Chicago. They were accompanied by the 13-year-old’s mother.
The two swam out to an island in the lake when the 11-year-old was lost near a sandbar. The 13-year-old boy ran back to shore to tell his mother, who called for help at approximately 5:50 p.m.
The victim was pulled from the water at approximately 7:25 p.m. CPR and other life saving measures were performed at the scene before he was transported to Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare.
The Lake County Sheriff’s aquatics unit and a search helicopter assisted Hammond Police and Fire personnel in the search.
The lake is not officially open to swimming, a Hammond Police spokesman said, and the city does employ security to discourage people from swimming.
“As you know, it’s a very big body of water and they did their best,” he said.