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Swimmer Dead, Another Missing After Being Swept Into Lake Michigan Near Highland Park

November 04, 2018 - 3:19 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- ​A man was killed and a 52-year-old woman was still missing after jumping into the choppy waters of Lake Michigan and being swept away Sunday morning at a beach in north suburban Highland Park.

The Coast Guard  suspended its search for the woman shortly before 4:00 p.m. after searching a 10 square-mile zone where she was last seen for several hours.

About 9:15 a.m., the man and woman were among a group of swimmers who braved twelve-foot waves and heavy winds to take a dip near the North Shore Yacht Club at 21 Park Ave., according to Highland Park fire chief Larry Amidei and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The swimmers, part of an independent cold weather swim group entered the lake from a boat launch area at Park Avenue Beach and “encountered difficulty due to lake conditions,” officials said.

Rescue workers found the 46-year-old man from Itasca unconscious and pulled him back to shore. He was given CPR at the scene before being rushed to Highland Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, officials said.

Shortly before noon, officials were still hopeful the woman could be found alive. About the same time, A Coast Guard helicopter was deployed from a station in Traverse City, Michigan shortly before noon, after the waves were deemed too large to send out a Highland Park rescue boat, officials said.

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