Dive team rescuers pull camper from water

Daily Reporter Editor

GREENFIELD — A teenager who couldn’t swim drowned at a local campground after he slipped beneath the water in the site’s man-made lagoon Wednesday afternoon.

Rescuers were called to the Heartland Resort in the 1600 block of West County Road 300N around 4:30 p.m. with a report that a visitor to the campsite had gone underwater and couldn’t be found, Hancock County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Campbell said.

The 18-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was in the resort’s lagoon area with a friend when he went under, officials said.

Rescuers estimated the water in the man-made lagoon is about 18 feet deep.

The man, who police said is not a Hancock County resident, was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The man had been underwater for at least 20 minutes when rescuers pulled him to the surface, police said.

The lagoon area was roped off Wednesday afternoon as the investigation continued, and all activities at the campground were canceled for the day.

There is no suggestion the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, police said.

Noelle Steele is editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3232 or nsteele@greenfieldreporter.com.