Man dies in small lake at Speedway apartment complex

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Rescue crews were called to the Eagle Creek Court Apartments in Speedway around11 p.m. Sunday night.

This is near West 21st Street and Cunningham Road.

Witnesses told the Speedway Fire Department they heard a man calling for help from a small lake at the apartment complex.

Rescue crews say they initially tried to use sonar from the shore to find the man, but that didn’t work. Next, they put divers in the water, and, within minutes, they found the man. That was just before 1 a.m.

The Speedway Fire Department said there were obstacles to finding him: this happened in the overnight hours, rescue crews had limited access to the water because of tree growth along the shore and they weren’t exactly sure where the man was.

They credit witnesses for calling 911 and staying at the scene to direct rescue crews when they arrived.

The Speedway Fire Department battalion chief cautions everyone to be careful around the water.

“The water is for everyone’s enjoyment, but go with a partner, go with a friend, let people know where you’re at,” said Chief Everett Cheney. “These lakes are not for swimming in, the retention ponds aren’t for swimming in, rivers and streams aren’t for swimming in. We just have to be smart about those things. You don’t get a second chance.”

The victim is described only as a man in his mid-to-late 30s.

The Speedway Fire Department hasn’t said yet how they think the man ended up in the water.

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