Lake Michigan Death – The Chicago Fire Department has reported an ugly incident that occurred on Thursday afternoon, July 16, 2020 when a swimmer died after going underwater for more than half hour in Lake Michigan.
According to the CFD spokesman Larry Merritt, the swimmer became suppressed around 1 p.m at Promontory Point in the 5500-block of South Lake Shore Drive near Burnham Park.
The CFD tweeted saying amidst “very rough” waters, divers were searching for him. He was pulled out about 40-45 minutes later.
The swimmer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Officials are yet to identify the decease but he is believed to be in his 20s.
Before the time of his disappearance, he was with his friends. He later told his friends he was going for a swim, which they confirmed that he was a good swimmer.
Still on the CFD tweet, the department reminded people of the turbulence.
“Please keep in mind Lake Michigan is turbulent with severe undertow. Beaches are closed and rock walls are especially dangerous to swim near. A CFD rescue diver got out of the water and said it was like a ‘washing machine.’ Please stay out of the lake.”
According to report, at least 17 people have drowned in Lake Michigan this year, says the Great Lake Surf Project, which tracks drownings.