WSBT has learned that 3 people were pulled from the Great Lake in Michigan City shortly after 3:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the east pier by the lighthouse.
The supervisor of the U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that information.
The Coast Guard was ready to activate rescue boats when they heard lifeguards had pulled the 3 swimmers from the rough waters.
The Michigan City News-Dispatch says two of the swimmers were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
"Right now, I expect most of the beaches are closed this week because the rip currents are so dangerous." says Josh Janney, the chief officer at the US Coast Guard in Michigan City. "On Lake Michigan, when we have water from the north, water piles up on the southern end of the lake. Because all of that water is piled up, gravity wants to suck that water back down. It will wash out a section of the lake floor, creating an underwater river that washes out back to sea."
As of Tuesday afternoon, winds were gusting anywhere from 5 to 10 miles-per-hour, with waves three to four feet. Later Tuesday evening, both of those numbers are expected to double, and officials say this kind of weather can be very dangerous at the beach.
At New Buffalo Tuesday afternoon, dozens of people were still in the water, despite the red flag blowing in the wind. Karter Gagliardo, head lifeguard at New Buffalo beach, says conditions will continue to go downhill through tomorrow.
"It should get worse. The wind is supposed to pick up between 15 and 20 miles-per-hour between this evening and tomorrow, so it will get bigger."
The main threat from these dangerous conditions are rip currents. If you get caught in a rip current, DO NOT PANIC. Let the water take you away from shore until you are released by the current. Then, swim parallel to the shore, and you'll be able to make your way back to the beach.