Coast Guard Rescues 2 Who Spent Hours Floating In Lake Michigan Near Waukegan

Sun-Times Media Wire
August 29, 2019 - 7:08 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The United States Coast Guard airlifted two people Tuesday from Lake Michigan after the pair spent several hours floating in the waters off north suburban Waukegan.

About 4 p.m., a sailor contacted the Coast Guard’s Sector Lake Michigan, saying they had found an personal watercraft floating about 3 miles offshore earlier that afternoon, the Coast Guard said. The unmanned watercraft was found with two cell phones, a set of keys and a wallet with IDs.

After hours of searching, the Coast Guard’s helicopter crews found a man and woman floating in the water, both wearing lifejackets and waving their arms, officials said. The crew deployed a rescue swimmer, then hoisted the survivors into the helicopter.

The man and woman were treated for mild hypothermia, officials said.

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