Man Dies After Swimming For a Toy in Kekionga Shores


Published 07/07 2014 09:35PM

Updated 07/08 2014 03:47PM

Around 2:15 Monday afternoon a 9-1-1 call was placed regarding a subject that went under water and never resurfaced.

Darren Reed, State Conservation Officer, said "Call came into dispatch a subject went under water, Fort Wayne Water Rescue Team responded and they were able to make a pretty quick recovery."

Reed said 31 year old Adam Palm was swimming with his kids at Kekionga Lake located in the Kekionga Shores Subdivision in Southwestern Fort Wayne.

"He swam out, one of their beach balls was blown out a little bit from shore and he was in the water and swam out to go get it and then he started struggling," said Reed.

Fort Wayne Water Rescue Team and Divers located his body quickly.

 "They had the subject out of the water I think within about 10 minutes of actually being on the scene,” said Reed. Palm was transported from the scene to Lutheran Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Indiana State Department of Natural Resources said there were 56 drownings in 2013 and to date there are 31 recorded drownings in 2014. These all occurred in open water. If the Allen County Coroner rules Palm's death a drowning, that would make the count 32. As of June 6, 2014, 11 of the drownings were subjects under 18 and since June 6 there have been 6 drownings

Fort Wayne and Allen County Police Departments were also on the scene Monday where Palm's body was found about 30 feet from shore in 10 feet of water.

A memorial fund has been set up by the friends and family of Adam Palm to help support Palm’s daughters.

You can find the fund at

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