Search for 20-year-old man in Lake Michigan continues after capsized boat near East Chicago Marina

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (WLS) – Indiana officials continued a search for a missing 20-year-old Puerto Rican on Sunday after the boat he was on capsized in Lake Michigan.

Kelvin Soto Crespo from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, has been missing since Saturday afternoon. He was in a capsized boat near the Chicago East Marina.

Indiana conservation officers and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Aviation and Marine units resumed the search Sunday morning, having been suspended the night before.

Four men between the ages of 19 and 50 were on the 18-foot Bayliner runabout pleasure boat when it capsized around 2:15 p.m. Saturday near the East Chicago Marina, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
“It was a smaller boat, and I guess it started to take on water, and there was more water coming in than their pump could pump, and it ended up capsizing,” he said. said Karl Samuel, doorman at the East Chicago Marina.

With the help of a Chicago Fire Department helicopter, two of the men wearing life jackets were spotted in the water and rescued.

A third man was also later rescued after spending at least two hours in 50-degree waters.

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“I saw them pulling a child onto a stretcher and into the ambulance. He looked like he was done, like out of there. I don’t know if he was conscious or not. They had a blanket over him. Ron Starr said.
“They said he was hanging on the seat cushion, and that’s what he held onto, and that’s where they found him. He was hanging on the seat cushion, so the seat cushion helped him, ”Samuel said.

Two people were being treated for hypothermia and a third was in critical condition, the Coast Guard said on Saturday.

The search continued for several hours on Sunday before the action of wind and waves imposed a second suspension. Weather permitting, Indiana conservation officers and the Lake County Marine Unit will resume the search Monday morning.

The involved boat has also not been found, officials said. She was last seen capsized several miles offshore on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone who sees the boat or anything that may be associated with the incident is urged to contact the Indiana Conservation Officer Central Dispatch Center at 812-837-9536.

The video in the player above is from an earlier report.

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