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The man who was airlifted to Fort Wayne after an apparent near-drowning at France Park on Thursday died shortly after 10:30 p.m., soon after he reached Park View Regional Hospital.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources identified the man as Ignacio Sanchez Juares, 48, of Francesville.

“He has succumbed to his injuries,” said Conservation Officer Ryan McCauley. “We’re still unclear to how or why he went under water.”

According to a DNR press release, a toxicology report is scheduled as part of the investigation.

First responders were called to France Park about 5:15 p.m. on Independence Day.

People told the emergency workers that they saw the man run into the water and swim a short distance from the beach before disappearing into the lake and not resurfacing, according to an Indiana Department of Natural Resources press release.

People went into the lake to search for him, had pulled the man from the water and were performing CPR when emergency medical service workers arrived

Emergency crews took the man to Logansport Memorial Hospital by ambulance, and he was flown to Park View Regional Hospital by helicopter.

The last death at France Park happened May 15.

A man apparently jumped from a cliff at the former quarry into the water, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cass County Coroner’s Office.

Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder said his department was on the scene for Thursday’s incident and helping, but the DNR is handling the investigation because it’s their area of expertise.

The DNR stated it will provide updates as it gathers more information.

Agencies assisting in the rescue were the Cass County Sheriff Department, Cass County EMS, Cass County Fire District 1, Cass County 911 Dispatch and Samaritan Helicopter.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117.

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