INDIANAPOLIS — A man died Sunday afternoon after jumping from a pontoon rental and into Geist Reservoir for a swim, said a conversation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The man, who was immediately identified as family members were notified, and another person had decided to cool off, said Officer John Gano. Both jumped into the reservoir without a life jacket. Only one of the swimmers surfaced, and people aboard the pontoon quickly realized the other man was in danger; two of them jumped into the water to try and help.
“Basically, he just disappeared,” the long-time conversation officer said in a phone interview with WISH-TV.
A 911 call at 2:40 p.m. Sunday sent rescuers from Fishers Fire Department to the Geist Marina in Fishers. The dive team recovered the man just after 3:20 p.m. at a spot on the reservoir in Indianapolis just south of the Hamilton County border. That portion of the reservoir is from 15 to 20 feet deep, Gano said.
The man was taken to IU Health Saxony Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.