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Gary man, 21, dies swimming in NW Indiana lake

Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

After a six-hour search, authorities on Saturday recovered the body of a 21-year-old Gary man who appears to have drowned after disappearing while swimming with friends in a northwest Indiana lake.

The pontoon that Jeremy Dabney had rented with a group of friends on Pine Lake in LaPorte County, Indiana, was anchored about 275 feet from shore when they jumped in the water Friday evening, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

While swimming back to the boat, Dabney struggled and slipped under the water as his friends tried to rescue him, conservation police said.

Dive teams searched with sonar equipment for about six hours until they spotted his body 30 feet below the surface around 12:30 a.m. Satuday.

Authorities called Dabney’s death a “possible drowning.”