Swimmer dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan near Northerly Island

A swimmer died after he was pulled from Lake Michigan Tuesday evening near Northerly Island.

The man, 26, was swimming with other people in a section marked for boating when he went under the water and did not resurface, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said.

Fire and police boats responded around 5:50 p.m. to the 1600 block of South Lynn White Drive and searched for the man for an "extended period" of time, Langford said.

He was found unresponsive and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has not yet been identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office.


The man is the first apparent drowning death in Lake Michigan since the Chicago Park District officially opened city beaches last weekend.

No additional information was immediately available.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.