Chicago teen missing after 5 seen struggling in Lake Michigan off Portage riverwalk; 1 critical

ByABC 7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Sunday, August 16, 2020
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A Chicago teen is missing after the 16-year-old was seen struggling in the lake off the Portage riverwalk.

PORTAGE, Ind. (WLS) -- A teenager from Chicago is missing after five people went into the Lake Michigan at Porter Beach Sunday morning in Indiana.

Witnesses said five people were struggling in the water along the riverwalk about 10:45 a.m.

All of them were between the ages of 15 and 18.

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Four of them are out of the water, one is in critical condition. The other three are in good condition.

U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Natural Resources officials are continuing to search for a 16-year-old from Chicago.

Authorities said high winds and rip currents played a role in the incident but did not provide any information about the genders or identities of those involved.