CHICAGO (TOC) — Of the Nice Lakes, specialists say Lake Michigan has the best charge of drownings. However simply days after Governor JB Pritzker signed a brand new legislation mandating lifesaving rings be put in on all piers and drop-off factors alongside Lake Michigan, a life was saved at North Avenue Seaside.
“An individual on the lakefront noticed somebody struggling within the water. They stayed dry. They grabbed a life ring,” mentioned Dave Benhamin, co-founder and government director of Nice Lakes Surf Rescue Mission. “They threw it in. They helped pull the particular person out. They saved a life. they put the life ring again. After which everybody went on with their day.”
By the point first responders arrived, everybody was safely out of the water, precisely because the Lake Michigan Rescue Tools Act envisioned.
The invoice was proposed after the dying of 19-year-old Miguel Cisneros in August 2021. The Columbia scholar drown in Rogers Park with no life ring close by. Of their anguish, his household campaigned for the act.
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“Simply realizing that Miguel is working his magic, and it is paying off – it is saving lives, which is what we needed for the reason that starting, simply to guard the residents and for no different household to undergo what I am going by,” mentioned his mom Maria Diaz.
The act additionally lays out new tips for reporting drowning occasions and establishing water security tips. Plus it requires warnings to be posted in excessive incident areas.
“He was set to be a sophomore at Columbia, however his last objective was to return again, examine legislation, and he all the time mentioned assist his south aspect group. And in a much bigger means, not bodily, as a result of he is not right here bodily, he is serving to all the metropolis by making the lakefront safer,” Diaz mentioned.
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The Chicago Fireplace Division mentioned the person saved at North Avenue Seaside this morning is OK, and refused remedy.
The Chicago Park District says it put in 115 life rings alongside the lakefront earlier than the seashores opened on Memorial Day weekend.
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