Missing swimmer’s body recovered from Bass Lake

Missing swimmer’s body recovered from Bass Lake


Recovery of the body of Anthony Cohn, 37, a swimmer who went missing at Bass Lake on June 2, has been made. 

At approximately 6 a.m. today, members of the Bass Lake Fire Department located Cohn’s body while searching near the area where he was last seen. 

Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the scene and were assisted by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and the Starke County Coroner’s Office. 

Cohn went under the water at Bass Lake after attempting to reach his boat that had pulled free from a sandbar. His family has been notified.

Cohn was standing on a sandbar earlier this week when the wind released the anchor of the boat he was with from the sand.

The boat began to rapidly float away, and Cohn swam after it.

He entered deeper water and went under the surface. He did not return to the surface, and 911 was called.

Conservation Officers were notified at approximately 2:45 p.m. yesterday.

Conservation officers and other emergency personnel immediately responded to the area and began a search.

Conservation Officers conducted searches with sonar equipment and dive personnel from multiple agencies until sunset last night. 

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office, Bass Lake Fire Department, Koontz Lake Fire Department, Starke County EMS, Starke County Dispatch Center and Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch Center.