JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 20, 2015)– The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Indiana State Police (ISP) confirmed that they have found the body of Cole C. Cummins in Medora’s Swan Lake.
Conservation Officers first located the victim with the Remote Operated Vehicle (R.O.V.) prior to the divers’ recovery, in 11.2 feet of water.
DNR reports the 39 year old fell through the ice while ice fishing with his friend. Both people fell in but his friend was able to get out of the water and find help.
He drove to Cummins’ girlfriend’s house where 911 was called.
Authorities say Cummins’ parents arrived on scene, but were unable to help their son. Officers quickly arrived after and attempted to rescue Cummins with a throw bag.
During the attempted rescue, one of the officers also fell through the ice, but was able to rescue himself and get to shore safely.
Cummins’ fishing partner was airlifted to Methodist. ISP reports he is expected to make a full recovery.