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Missing person identified, search continues after boat capsized on Lake Michigan

Three of the four people who were aboard a boat that capsized Saturday made it to safety.
Credit: Indiana DNR
File photo of an Indiana DNR conservation officer's boat.

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Conservation Officers have identified a boater who has been missing since Saturday afternoon. 

A search began for one of four people who were aboard a boat that capsized on Lake Michigan near the East Chicago Marina Saturday at 2:15 p.m. 

The boater was identified Sunday as Kelvin Soto Crespo, 20, of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. 

Three of the four people on the boat were able to put life jackets on and made it to safety. 

Credit: Indiana DNR
Kelvin Soto Crespo, 20, of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.

Indiana Conservation Officers and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Aviation and Marine Units resumed the search Sunday morning. 

DNR officials say searches were conducted for several hours before wind and wave action forced the search to end for the day. Weather permitting, Indiana Conservation Officers and the Lake County Marine Unit will resume the search Monday morning.

The boat involved, an approximate 18-foot Bayliner runabout, has not been found. It was last seen capsized several miles offshore Saturday afternoon. 

If anyone spots the boat or any items that may be associated with this incident, are asked to contact Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch Center at 812-837-9536.

No additional information is available at this time.