Lake Michigan boy missing, slipped off the pier was rescued


Lake Michigan boy missing, slipped off the pier was rescued.

Divers and search crews were waiting for Lake Michigan conditions to calm down today before going back out to look for a 16-year-old boy who could not be rescued Friday night after jumping off the Waukegan, Ill. pier to help a friend who had fallen into the water.

The boy who initially slipped off the pier was rescued, according to a report from ABC Channel 7. But the teen who jumped into the lake to help could not be found by rescuers, who searched for more than an hour Friday night amid a snowstorm and falling temperatures.

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The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. near the Waukegan Municipal Beach. The suburban community is located just north of Chicago.

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Three boys were walking on the pier in the snowstorm when one 16-year-old boy reportedly slipped and fell into the lake, Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi said, according to Channel 7. His friend, also 16, jumped in to save him, while the other boy called 911, according to media reports.

Both boys in the water were seen to be “struggling” in the lake’s rough currents, the fire marshal said.

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The first boy who fell in was able to get out of the water. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Rescuers looking for the second boy faced challenging conditions, including low visibility and treacherous waves, Lenzi said. A winter storm warning remained in effect for the area this morning.


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