Lexie Adu, a freshman at St. Scholastica Academy, and two other girls were playing in the water when a strong current pulled them out. Two of the teens were rescued. Lauren Jiggetts reports.
Update: Teen's body found...
The Chicago Police Department's Marine Unit searched late into the night for a teen girl who was swept out into Lake Michigan Thursday evening on the North Side.
Lexie Adu, a freshman at St. Scholastica Academy, and two other girls were playing in the water when a strong current pulled them out. Two of the teens were rescued shortly after 6 p.m.
"She was just like, 'Help! Help! My friend! My Friend!' and I'm just like, 'Where's your friend,' and she's like, "My friend is out there. She's drowning,'" said witness Christy Hernandez.
Hernandez's husband ran to the water after hearing the cry for help and found one teen girl trying to cling to the breakwater.
"She climbed on me and she was just worried about her friends. She couldn't really talk too much. She just really wanted to know where her friend was," said Roger Concepcion.
One teen girl was taken to a Saint Francis Hospital. Another remained on the beach while divers continued their search.
Chicago Park District beaches officially open Friday, so there was no lifeguard on duty. The water temperature is in the 60s.