New Haven girl, 16, dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan


MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WANE) — A 16-year-old New Haven girl has died after being pulled from the waters of Lake Michigan on Monday afternoon.

WANE 15 has confirmed that the girl has been identified as Trinity Coulter.

It was around 2 p.m. when emergency personnel were called to the area near the Michigan City lighthouse pier after the teenager was reported missing in the water while swimming with family, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Crews from multiple agencies began searching for Coulter. Her body was recovered about 50 minutes later by Michigan City Fire crews, DNR said.

Life-saving measures were attempted and she was taken to a local hospital, but Coulter was pronounced dead, DNR said.

A spokesperson for East Allen County Schools issued the following statement:

“Our entire school community is saddened by the passing of Trinity Coulter. We extend our heartfelt condolences and support to her family. East Allen County Schools will have counselors and resources at New Haven High School to help our students and staff through the grieving process. We would respectfully ask that the local media allow us to devote our attention to the needs of our students and staff during this difficult time.

Tamyra Kelly, Public Information Officer EACS

The DNR said the National Weather Service had issued a beach hazard for high-risk swimming conditions for the area at the time of the incident. The warning was issued for a combination of wind, waves and rip current.

Officials are concerned that many people who visit the beach are often unaware of the hazards in place.

The incident remains under investigation.

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