Fire officials: Missing swimmer found dead in Lake Michigan

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A swimmer who went missing in Lake Michigan early Thursday was found dead in the water hours later in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side, fire officials said.

A body was found about 6:35 a.m. in Lake Michigan near Foster Avenue, said Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. Because of rough lake conditions and the lake being too shallow for boats to get close, the body wasn’t pulled recovered for at least an hour, pulled from the water at the Montrose Dog Beach.

“It was a difficult recovery,” Langford said, adding that the Coast Guard assisted in the effort.

Langford confirmed the body was that of a 55-year-old man who went swimming in Lake Michigan with a female about 12:45 a.m. in the 5500 block of North Lake Shore Drive.

The female was able to get out of the water, but the man was struggling, according to Chicago Police. She and a friend tried to help him, but were unsuccessful. They called 911 when they lost sight of the man.

CFD divers went into the water to search for the man, but couldn’t find him, CFD Cmdr. Curtis Hudson said at the time. Divers stopped searching at 2:14 a.m. due to water conditions.

A beach hazard was issued from early Thursday to Friday afternoon, warning of life-threatening, 5-to-7-foot waves along Lake Michigan beaches in Illinois and northwest Indiana, according to the National Weather Service. Strong rip currents and structural currents, which can sweep swimmers into deep water, were also forecasted.

“People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water,” the beach hazard statement said.


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