Lake Michigan

13-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Swept Away by Lake Michigan Currents

Four other children were also taken from the water, but are all expected to be okay

A girl died Friday night after she and another girl were swept into Lake Michigan at Loyola Beach on the North Side.

The girls, both 13, were swimming with a group of friends about 7:30 p.m. when they were caught by a strong current at the Rogers Park beach, according to Chicago Police.

One of the girls was pulled out of the water by a police officer, and divers found the second girl about 20 minutes later, police said.

Paramedics took one girl, Darinanne Torres, to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where she died, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Torres lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

An autopsy Saturday ruled her death a drowning accident.

Paramedics performed CPR on the other girl at the scene after she was pulled from the water, and she was also taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she was in stable condition, police said.

Beachgoers were warned Friday of life-threatening swimming conditions along the shores of Lake Michigan, according to the National Weather Service.

Waves as tall as 6 feet and strong rip currents were expected until late in the evening Friday.

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