Fisherman, 71, drowns in Indiana lake after falling out of boat

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Sunday, August 7, 2016
La Porte County drowning
La Porte County dive team members and a New Carlisle police officer search for the victim in Hudson Lake.
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NEW CARLISLE, Ind. (WLS) -- A 71-year-old fisherman drowned Sunday after he fell out of his boat in Hudson Lake in LaPorte County in northwest Indiana, authorities said.

At about 7 a.m., a witness said he saw Howard Fetterer, of New Carlisle, Ind., fall into the water and go under, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Fetterer was found about an hour later in eight feet of water about 100 feet from shore.

The fishing boat had personal floatation devices on board however they were not worn, the DNR said.

Authorities are investigating, but officials said that initial indications are that the drowning resulted from a known medical condition.