Chicago man seriously injured in personal watercraft accident

STARKE CO. – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a serious personal watercraft (PWC) accident that occurred Saturday on Bass Lake in Starke County.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., Conservation Officers patrolling Bass Lake responded to a report of a serious PWC accident with injuries.  

Upon arrival, Officers determined Michael O’Malley, 30, of Chicago, was operating a PWC when he collided with the side by another PWC being operated at a high rate of speed.

The impact caused O’Malley to be ejected from the PWC and lose consciousness. O’Malley was immediately removed from the water and brought to shore.

O’Malley was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital by Memorial Medflight helicopter in serious condition.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Bass Lake Fire Department, Starke County EMS, and Memorial Medflight.