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A drowning at an Indiana correctional facility has left four correctional officers and three correctional staff members hospitalized with severe brain trauma.
The incident occurred Sunday night at the Indiana State Penitentiary, the Indiana Corrections Department said.
It said the men, all in their 30s, had been drinking.
A search warrant affidavit said the inmates were transported to a hospital by boat and were being treated for head injuries.
The DOC is working to find the cause of the drowning, and is asking for the public’s help.
Indiana corrections officials said the drowning occurred in a room where inmates were being held.
“The inmates are currently being transported to an area of the facility for a medical evaluation,” the DOC said in a statement.
“All four of the inmates are receiving appropriate medical care.”
The DOC said the DOC will begin an investigation and the Department of Corrections will work closely with Indiana officials to determine the appropriate next steps.
The Indiana Corrections Agency is the state’s primary correctional agency, but its employees work for the state and its facilities.
Inmates are not allowed to leave the facility without permission.
A similar incident occurred earlier this month at a prison in Louisiana.
In that incident, three inmates drowned after their cell doors opened while they were asleep.
The men were transported from a holding cell to the water after the doors opened and their cell walls broke.
The Department of Correction is investigating that incident.