UPDATE: Lake Maxinkuckee drowning victim identified

Culver EMS, fire, and area police responded to a call after 7 p.m. Sunday evening from the town beach in Culver where 22-year-old Vale ntin Sirghi, of Plymouth had reportedly been under the water for some 30 minutes.

A friend of Sirghi, also 22, reported the two had been swimming near the buoy line on the east end of the swimming area and were returning to shore when he noticed his friend went under.

Rescue workers, members of the Marshall County dive team, and even some nearby swimmers searched the area for several minutes before recovering the man from under the water around 8 p.m. He was taken by stretcher to a waiting ambulance and hospital-bound as a large crowd applauded the efforts of the workers. Sirghi was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth at around 8:30 p.m. Exactly what caused Sirghi to drown is unknown, but an autopsy will be performed by the Marshall County Coroner.

The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources is leading the investigation.