Two men died in separate incidents early Saturday after being pulled from Lake Michigan.
A 26-year-old man was getting off a boat early Saturday in the area of Jackson Park Beach near the 5900 block of South Lake Shore Drive when he fell in the water, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Other people on the boat then lost sight of him.
After being located by the police marine unit, the man was taken to University of Chicago Medical center, where he died at 3:21 a.m., authorities said.
A 28-year-old man died in a similar incident just over an hour later. Authorities were called about 3:45 a.m. to Oak Street Beach near the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive. A woman was able to get out of the water on her own, but a 28-year-old man was lost in crashing waves, authorities said.
A Chicago Fire Department dive team tracked him down, brought him to shore and then to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m., authorities said. The death was believed to be accidental.
The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazard Statement Friday, warning of dangerous waves and currents. The warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, with waves expected to reach 3 to 5 feet.
“People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water,” the NWS warning states.