2 Teens Rescued from Lake Michigan off Rogers Park Beach

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:14 PM CDT
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2 Teens Rescued from Lake Michigan

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Emergency crews rescued two teenage swimmers in distress from Lake Michigan off Rogers Park beach Saturday morning.

At 6:50 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of two people struggling in the water at 1115 W. Lunt Ave., according to News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

When police Marine Patrol officers arrived, one person had been pulled out of the water by firefighters, Kubiak said. Two divers searched for the second person, who firefighters pulled from the water at 7:25 a.m., Kubiak said.

The swimmers, both 17, were taken in good condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Fire Media Affairs said.

The National Weather Service issued a statement warning of increased rip current risk in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday through Sunday evening. There is a moderate risk of rip currents throughout that time, according to the statement.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. The weather service advises swimmers to heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol and pay attention to flags and posted signs.

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