Indiana man dies after large wave sweeps him into Lake Michigan


Courtesy Doug Ross, The Times

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A northwest Indiana man was killed after a large wave swept him and a friend into Lake Michigan.

Indiana Conservation police say the two were walking along a breakwall leading to the Michigan City Lighthouse on Friday evening when a more-than 10-foot high wave knocked both into the water.

One of the men, a 22-year-old from La Porte, swam back to the breakwall and threw a life ring into the water. But his friend — identified as 20-year-old Slater Harkleroad — did not resurface.

The U.S. Coastguard later pulled Harkleroad, of Union Mills, from the water. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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