WHITING, Ind. (CBS) â The body of a Blue Island alderman was pulled from Lake Michigan overnight, after he went missing while boating with friends in northwest Indiana.
Michael Janko, 50, and his friends jumped into the water for a swim near Whihala Beach in Whiting, Ind. Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.READ MORE: Transgender Attorney Says Judges And Clerks Have Harassed Her; Fights For Change
Coast Guard Petty Officer Christopher Yoth said witnesses on a boat saw what happened and called for help.
âThey said that he jumped into the water, and then resurfaced, and was not responsive,â Yoth said. âThen somebody tried to grab a hold of him to try and pull him on board, and he went under the water and didnât resurface.âREAD MORE: 1 Killed, 3 Wounded In Shooting In Park Manor
The Coast Guard, Lake County Sheriffâs office, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Hammond Fire Department all assisted in a search for Janko.
Divers recovered his body around 10:20 p.m., about 50 yards from where he went missing. He was not wearing a life jacket.MORE NEWS: 8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed While Playing On Front Porch In Markham
Janko was a member of the Blue Island City Council representing the Fifth Ward on the northwest side of the southwestern suburb.