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In spite of a Beach Hazard Warning from the National Weather Service advising swimmers to stay out of the water, Porter Beach and the lake were packed on Sunday. One person was rescued during the day, and five others found themselves in trouble off the Portage Riverwalk, where one teen drowned.

PORTAGE — Though the National Weather Service had issued beach warnings along the Lake Michigan shoreline, area beaches were packed this weekend, keeping first responders busy with emergency calls.

“There were a total of 10 distressed swimmer/near drowning calls Sunday along the Porter County shore of Lake Michigan,” a statement from Ogden Dunes Police said.

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