FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Friends of a man who drowned Monday afternoon have set up a fundraising site to help his family. Adam Palm was the father of three daughters, ages 11, seven, and four.
The coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Palm, 31, died from asphyxia due to drowning.
Police dispatchers got a call around 2:20 p.m. Monday regarding a man who went under water and never resurfaced while swimming in Kekionga Lake in Kekionga Shores subdivision on the city’s southwest side.
Divers with the Fort Wayne Water Rescue Team were able to locate Palm within 30 minutes in about ten feet of water and approximately 30 feet from shore.
Witnesses at the scene told investigators Palm was swimming when a beach ball blew past him further out into the lake. As he tried to swim out to retrieve it, he began to struggle and then went under water.
Medics took Palm to Lutheran Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Click here for information about how to donate to the fund set up for Palm’s family.