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Jet skiers rescued from Lake Michigan

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources rescued three Illinois men Monday afternoon off the lakefront of Gary, Indiana, after they were thrown from their jet ski.

The men were not injured and DNR officials credit the men’s personal floatation devices with saving their lives while waiting for rescue.

Read more: Trio rescued after ‘hot-dogging’ on jet ski in cold Lake Michigan – Post-Tribune.



photo: Isak Aronsson via Wikimedia

Try not to drown this weekend; wear your PFD

Unfortunately, with all the outdoor activities this Memorial Day weekend, someone or someones will undoubtedly drown during holiday.  Sadly, nearly all drownings are preventable; just wear your Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

Here is a press release reminder from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Excuses abound for not wearing a life jacket when boating.

“It’s too hot. It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going to happen to me.”

That fact is, approximately 700 people, the vast majority of who probably used one of these excuses, drown each year, nationwide, from recreational boating accidents. Don’t be one of them.

Memorial Day weekend days are some of the busiest and most dangerous days of the year for boaters.

Throughout the boating season, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) remind boaters to WEAR IT and be alert and aware while on the water.

“With boating season starting, now is the time to inspect all safety equipment including life jackets,” said Major Michael Portteus of DNR Law Enforcement. “Take a look at your life jackets to ensure that they are in good condition, and wear them while boating on Indiana waterways this summer.”

For more information about WEAR IT Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/5066.htm.


photo illustration: Tim Houlihan

Kayaker dies on Cedar Lake

From the Associated Press via WTHR.com:

HOWE – Authorities say they’re investigating the death of a 61-year-old kayaker in northeastern Indiana.

A news release from Indiana Conservation Officers says Kenneth Anderson of St. John was using a 10-foot kayak on Cedar Lake when he capsized about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The lake is near Howe, about 45 miles east of South Bend.

Authorities say Anderson had a floatable cushion but not a life jacket. Witnesses say he called for help but slipped under the surface before rescuers arrived.

The release says Anderson was pronounced dead at Parkview Lagrange Hospital. An autopsy is planned Wednesday.

Story Link: Kayaker, 61, capsizes, dies in NE Indiana lake – 13 WTHR.

Connersville man shot while turkey hunting

As if we need a reminder that turkey hunting can be dangerous, a Connersville man is recovering at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after being being shot while turkey hunting last Wednesday in Fayette county.

The victim, Mike Bannon, 34, was hunting with a buddy when he was shot by Kevin Bramer, 41, of Laurel.  According to information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Bramer was stationary and using a turkey call at the time of the shooting.

Apparently Bannon was shot while walking uphill in the area of Bramer.

Though the DNR press release doesn’t indicate, it would seem likely both men thought the other party was a turkey.   Having been in the same situation years ago when our shotgun ended up pointed at another hunter coming up a hillside, we can easily see how such accidents can happen.

Of course, it is incumbent upon the shooter to always positively identify his target before pulling the trigger.

Regardless, just remember that even if it sounds like a turkey, don’t bet your life on it until after May 15.

Read more:

Man shot during turkey hunting | Palladium-Item | pal-item.com.

Body of missing kayaker found in Putnam County

The body of a kayaker missing since last month in Big Walnut Creek has been found near Reelsville.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers found the body early thursday morning about a half-mile downstream from where David Pritchett disappeared on April 19.

Read more:

Body of missing kayaker found in Putnam Co. creek  | indystar.com.

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Missing turkey hunter found dead

From the Associated Press:

crime and punishmentDEPUTY, Ind. — The body of a missing hunter from Pendleton was found on a private property in Deputy early Saturday, state conservation officers said.

Authorities said Jon R. Widener, 49, went turkey hunting on Friday and never returned home.

Officers said Widener went hunting on private property that he leases with friends. Widener’s friends said they noticed his vehicle parked at the property when they arrived there on Friday afternoon.

Read more:

via Police: Missing Hunter Found Dead – Indiana News Story – WRTV Indianapolis.