Crews search for missing Lake MI boater

MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana (WOOD) — Crews Sunday searched man who went missing after jumping in Lake Michigan with a group of boaters Saturday evening.

A group of six male boaters were out on the southern portion of Lake Michigan when they decided to jump into the water to cool off, authorities told WNDU out of South Bend. They were not wearing life vests.

When the group tried to get back to the boat, it had already drifted too far away and the boaters had difficulty swimming in the cold water.

The only person still aboard the boat called 911 because they were unable to start the boat’s engine and return to rescue the swimmers.

Another boater and the U.S. Coast Guard and rescued five of the boaters — but Ron Wood, Jr. remained missing, according to WNDU. Multiple crews, including a Coast Guard helicopter, searched for the 29-year-old Wood Sunday.

The Coast Guard has since suspended it’s efforts to find the man, WNDU reports, but Indiana conservation officers continued to use sonar equipment to try and find Wood.

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