Authorities are issuing another warning to residents to stay out of Lake Michigan after a 30-year-old man died after jumping into the water to try to save an 11-year-old girl who had been swept into the lake by high waves.
According to Chicago police, the girl was standing on a breakwall at approximately 3:18 p.m. Thursday afternoon when a high wave swept her into the water. An unidentified man then jumped into the water to try to save her but was overcome by the high water levels.
Chicago Park District lifeguards and Chicago fire and police divers went into the water to rescue the man, but he was unresponsive when they were able to pull him from the lake.
The man was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The girl is in stable condition, authorities say.
Further information on the identities of the victims was unavailable at this time.
Thanks to high winds, waves are being driven to heights of 3-to-6 feet on Lake Michigan Thursday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue High Swim Risk advisories. Life-threatening waves and rip currents are expected to last through Friday evening at area beaches, and officials are asking all residents to obey posted signs and beach closures due to the hazardous swim conditions.
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