Woman Dies Five Days After Lake Rescue


A 61-year-old woman who was rescued after falling while in a wheelchair into Lake Michigan at DuSable Harbor last Friday has died.

Sarah Goenne, 61, of West Chestnut Avenue was pronounced dead at shortly after noon Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Goenne was hospitalized Friday night after she and a 59-year-old man were rescued by police and fire crews after falling into Lake Michigan at DuSable Harbor downtown.

She wasn't breathing and had no pulse when she was pulled from the water, but responding personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her.  One of the officers said she was later alert and talking at the hospital.

Police are treating her death as an accident and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

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