CHICAGO (News Nation/WGN) — The Chicago Fire Department said the search for a teen who jumped into the churning waters of Lake Michigan is now a recovery mission, after officials warned of dangerous conditions on the lake Monday.
Witnesses said a teen jumped into the lake near Chicago’s Diversey Harbor Monday afternoon, and he was immediately pulled under the waves. Rescue boats, divers and helicopters came to the scene, but were unable to find him.
“We regret we could not bring the young man out as a rescue,” CFD said in a statement on social media.
Earlier in the day, officials warned high waves and strong currents could lead to dangerous swimming conditions.
The National Weather Service issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning Monday, saying waves could reach 10 feet at times with strong currents, and people on the shoreline could be swept into the lake.
This makes for dangerous swimming conditions, even though beaches in the city remain closed. A Beach Hazard Warning also remains in effect through Wednesday morning.
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management closed down parts of the lakefront trail between Oak Street and Ohio Street due to the large waves and dangerous conditions.
There’s also the potential for beach erosion due to record high lake levels.