Body of Swimmer Recovered from Patoka Lake

Staff report

Indianapolis, IN (July 1, 2024) — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a man whose body was recovered from Patoka Lake in Orange County Sunday night.

The incident occurred near the Painter Creek boat ramp around 6 p.m. when Orange County Dispatch received a call reporting that a male swimmer had disappeared beneath the surface of the water. Despite immediate search efforts, it took Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Law Enforcement divers until 8:13 p.m. to locate and recover the body using sonar equipment.

The identity of the swimmer is being withheld until family members are notified.

Several agencies assisted in the search and recovery operation, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Rural Fire District 1, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, IU Health Paoli, and Indiana State Police.

Indiana Conservation Officers have issued a reminder to the public about the importance of wearing life jackets when in or near the water to prevent similar tragedies.

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