Man Drowns In Salamonie Reservoir (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Kevin Kitt
By Stephanie Parkinson

June 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 8:27 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A Marion man is dead after drowning in the Salamonie Reservoir. DNR officials say 18-year-old Jordan Laute swam past the roped barrier Sunday before going under just after 3:00 p.m.

According to the property manager at the Salamonie Reservoir the beach nearby was closed because of high water and remains closed Monday.

Witnesses say they didn't know Laute was in trouble right away. Once they realized he was in trouble they could not longer see him.

Conservation officers say people should be aware of the signs of drowning so they can react when, and if these situations happen.

"It's not going to be what you see on TV, where people are flaying and panicking. Usually it's a silent killer. You'll just see the crown of their head, you know sticking out of the water, while the rest of them is underwater and struggling," said Cpl. Patrick Heidenreich, Indiana Conservation Officer, DNR.

Heidenreich says people should wear personal flotation devices at all times when in and around water. He also says people should not go in after a person who's drowning. He says instead people should attempt to throw a flotation device to them, or use a boat to help rescue them and of course call 911.

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