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Chesterton Men Capsize Boat

Last updated on Sunday, May 20, 2018

(CHESTERTON) - Shortly before noon on Saturday, Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a call of a drowning in progress on a private body of water known as Chestnut Lake in Porter County.

Upon arriving on scene, Conservation Officers found two men on shore being evaluated by Porter EMS personnel. Both men refused medical treatment and were released by EMS to be interviewed by Conservation Officers.

According to investigating officers, 48-year-old Doug Colvin of Chesterton and his father, 71-year-old Anthony Colvin of Chesterton, were fishing in a 10 foot aluminum boat approximately 100 yards from shore when one of the men leaned on the edge of the boat, causing it take on water and capsize. Both men fell into the water and were able to hold on to the capsized boat.

Doug Colvin was able swim and push the boat to shore while his father held on to the edge where they were met by Porter EMS personnel.

Indiana Conservation Officers recommend wearing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device at all times on the water, even when not required by law.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Porter County Sheriff's Office, Chesterton Police Department, Chesterton Fire Department, Porter EMS, the Porter Fire Dive Team, Porter County Central Communications Center, and Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch.

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