Crews halt search for missing man in Lake Pontchartrain

Crews searching for man who went missing while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain(Source: WWL-TV)
Crews searching for man who went missing while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain(Source: WWL-TV)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL-TV) - According to WWL-TV in New Orleans, emergency crews were forced to call off the search for a man who went missing while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain due to poor weather conditions.

Officials had originally said the swimmer was a boy, but police have updated his age to be 21.

The New Orleans Police Department says the 21-year-old man was swimming with two other people when he went under water and then didn't resurface. He's been missing since then.

Police say the three swimmers were using an inflatable device on the water. Winds are strong at the lakefront and the lake seems choppy.

Crews were searching behind University of New Orleans' campus for the missing man.

The man's identity has not been released.

According to WWL-TV, NOPD officials stressed that there is no swimming in Lake Pontchartrain.

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