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Lake Michigan shoreline in winter

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HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — You’ve heard of road rage, but what about lake rage?

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, it apparently happened last weekend in Northwest Indiana.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Police say swimmers next to an anchored boat were beaten up by people from another boat Saturday evening just off Lakefront Beach along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Hammond, Ind.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports a cruiser was moving erratically in the water near the swimmers, who tried to guide the boat away from theirs and other boats.

The people in the cruiser apparently took offense, and several of them jumped into the water and attacked the swimmers.

Three men were injured, one of whom suffered broken cheekbones.

After the attack, the assailants jumped back in their boat and took off for the Illinois side of the lake.

The victims, who are from Hammond and St. John, Ind., are set to meet Thursday with Lake County sheriff’s detectives, the newspaper reported.

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