(La Porte, IN) - Two stranded jet-skiers were safely pulled from the water in La Porte when, at around 8 p.m. last night, a caller reported a capsized jet-ski a good distance from the shoreline on Pine Lake.
La Porte firefighters, using a rescue boat docked at Unity Park, went out and located the jet-ski along with two men in the water. They were wearing lifejackets, fortunately, and placed on the rescue boat.
The jet-skiers, in their late teens-to-early 20’s. were described by firefighters as cold, tired, and scared. They refused medical attention.
La Porte Fire Chief Andy Snyder said both individuals were on the same jet-ski when it overturned due to lake water somehow finding its way into the engine compartment.
“They noticed they started having mechanical problems with the jet-ski. It died on them and then it began taking on water,” he said, noting they were probably in the water for about 30 minutes.
Firefighters towed the jet ski back to the launch, where the victims put it back on their trailer for the ride home.