Photographer Captures Fisherman's Dramatic Rescue from Lake Michigan Near Montrose Beach - NBC Chicago

Photographer Captures Fisherman's Dramatic Rescue from Lake Michigan Near Montrose Beach

The CPD Marine Unit and Chicago Fire Department officials responded and pulled a 50-year-old man out of the water, police said

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    Photographer Captures Fisherman's Dramatic Rescue from Lake Michigan Near Montrose Beach

    Emergency crews rescued a fisherman from Lake Michigan Monday near Montrose Beach on the North Side. Natalie Martinez reports.

     

    (Published Monday, July 22, 2019)

    Emergency crews rescued a fisherman from Lake Michigan Monday near Montrose Beach on the North Side.

    Authorities were called about two men in the water at 9:03 a.m. in the 500 block of West Montrose Avenue, according to Chicago police. They were fishing when they fell into the lake from the break wall. 

    Photographer Rob Curtis said he was on the lookout for birds Monday morning when he captured video of the frantic rescue.

    "All these rescuers started to go by me- I mean like dozens of them," he said. 

    Fisherman Rescued from Lake Michigan Near Montrose Beach

    [CHI] Fisherman Rescued from Lake Michigan Near Montrose Beach

    Photographer Rob Curtis was on the lookout for birds Monday morning near Montrose Beach, but he ended up capturing video of a frantic rescue off the pier. (Video courtesy Rob Curtis)

    (Published Monday, July 22, 2019)

    The CPD Marine Unit and Chicago Fire Department officials responded and pulled a 50-year-old man out of the water, police said. He was “conscious and shivering” and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.

    The other man, in his 40s, made it out of the water on his own by the time emergency crews arrived, police said. 

    "It was powerful seeing all these people risking their own lives out there," Curtis said. "And nearly getting swet out." 

    Lake Michigan Conditions, High Waves 'Very Hazardous'

    [CHI] Lake Michigan Conditions, High Waves 'Very Hazardous'

    "People can get swept away very quickly," said Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief Jason Lach. "People don't understand how strong water can be. Even if they're an extremely good swimmer, conditions like right now are very hazardous."

     

    (Published Monday, July 22, 2019)

    Beachgoers are being warned to stay out of the lake Monday, as rip currents and waves up to 7 feet high are creating dangerous swimming conditions, according to the National Weather Service. A “beach hazards statement” is in effect until Tuesday morning.

    "Conditions change quickly," said Jason Lach with the Marine Dive Ops for the Chicago Fire Department. "Be aware. Any mariners on vessel, know your waterways and nav resources." 

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