Man, 26, dies after being rescued from Lake Michigan near Northerly Island: CPD

Man, 26, dies after being rescued from Lake Michigan near Northerly Island: CPD

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police stated a 26-year-old man has died after being rescued from Lake Michigan close to Northerly Island Tuesday afternoon.

Police stated two males have been swimming off of Northerly Island shortly after 6 p.m. and went additional out into the lake than they need to have in an space the place swimming is prohibited.

“This is not a secured seaside,” stated Dep. District Chief Jason Lach, Chicago Hearth Division Marine Dive Operations. “There aren’t any lifeguards out right here in any respect. That is the again aspect of Northerly Island. This is not maintained by the park district as a swimming seaside in any respect.”

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Officers stated the person was swimming together with his pal, who then seen he was gone and referred to as 911. The Chicago police and fireplace departments launched rescue groups, and although officers stated divers shortly situated the person, they consider he was beneath the water for not less than 15 to twenty minutes.

“Proper now we have a little bit little bit of a wave situation, not too dangerous. Water temperature is about 54 levels, so it is a little bit chilly to be on the market on that,” Lach stated.

The person was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in essential situation, the place he later died.

“Do not ever swim alone within the water. Each, even a superb swimmer has a foul day on the market. You wish to be swimming with a associate always. Have someone spot you always on the market,” stated Lach.

Regardless of the nice and cozy climate, officers say the water temperature of the lake remains to be quite chilly, and so they say hypothermia can happen in these situations in a matter of minutes.

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