Coast Guard, police launch search after fisherman hears distress call
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search launched overnight after a fisherman on Wolf Lake reported hearing a pilot radio that he was making an emergency landing on water, officials said.
The Coast Guard, aided by a Chicago police helicopter, searched Wolf Lake and the Calumet River as well as the Indiana shoreline of Lake Michigan and turned up nothing as of 8:30 a.m., according to Lt. Brian Dykens, a Coast Guard spokesman.
He said the search has been suspended pending any new developments.
A representative of the Federal Aviation Administration said the agency hadn’t received any reports of an aircraft making an emergency landing.
The search began Tuesday night after a truck driver fishing on Wolf Lake near the Illinois-Indiana border reported hearing a distress call over his CB radio, Dykens said.
The fisherman said the pilot radioed that he would make an emergency water landing, though it wasn’t clear where, Dykens said.
After being contacted at about 9:30 p.m., Coast Guard officials used a computer program that pointed them to Wolf Lake and the Calumet River as possible landing sites, he added.
The Coast Guard suspended its search of Wolf Lake and the Calumet River at 2 a.m. but resumed at first light. The search this morning the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana and a helicopter sweep all the way to Gary, Dykens said.
Liam Ford contributed
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