A Whiting Lakefront Patrol officer blocks the 117th St. entrance to Whiting Park in Whiting, Ind., late Monday, June 16, 2014. A boy went missing in Lake Michigan earlier in the evening after jumping into the water from a pier at the park. Officers on the scene confirmed that the boy had been pulled from the water after an extensive search. | Guy Rhodes/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 17, 2014 10:01AM
An 18-year-old Hammond man drowned Monday night in Lake Michigan while swimming with friends at Whihala Beach in Whiting, police said.
Jose Alcazar, of the 4700 block of Towle Avenue in Hammond, and two other friends were swimming near a newly constructed fishing pier about 250 feet from the shore early Monday evening when he began to struggle to stay afloat and then disappeared under water, according to a statement from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement.
A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said the search began about 8 p.m. when the other two people were rescued from the water.
A diver found Alcazar’s body at 10:30 p.m. about 47 feet from the pier, according to the statement.
The Lake County Coroner’s office confirmed the death in a press release Tuesday morning. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Contributing: Michelle L. Quinn