A ship sinks, a hunter suffers from hypothermia | Local
A hunter was hospitalized on Saturday after his boat sank on Lake Webster in Kosciusko County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in a statement.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., a home alarm company alerted the Kosciusko County dispatch center to an unauthorized residential entry to a house on Lake Webster.
When officers arrived, they found Trenton Stackhouse, 27, unconscious and severely hypothermic. Darick Stiles, 27, broke into the house to get help for his friend.
Stackhouse, from Milford, and Stiles, from Warsaw, set out to hunt waterfowl on Lake Webster on Saturday morning despite freezing temperatures and wind gusts expected to reach 80 km / h, officials said.
After the start, the men soon realized that the conditions were too difficult to overcome. They tried to collect their decoys and return to the boat launch when large waves passed their boat and it started to sink, the statement said.
“Moments before their boat was completely submerged, Stackhouse and Stiles attempted unsuccessfully to don their life jackets and were forced to grab several waterfowl decoys and a floating rifle case to float several hundred yards to the water. ‘to the shore,’ the statement said.
After the agents arrived, Stackhouse was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital with severe hypothermia. The incident is still under investigation.
Indiana conservation officers say state law requires lifejackets to be easily accessible and in good condition for all occupants of the boat while underway. Hunters using boats should also anticipate severe environmental conditions associated with strong winds and storms.
The agencies that responded were the North Webster Police Department, the North Webster Fire Department, the North Webster Emergency Department and Indiana Conservation Officers.