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Girl Dies After Being Pulled From Lake Near Rogers Park [Updated]

By Rachel Cromidas in News on May 16, 2017 5:57PM

7600 North and the lake, via Google Street View.

Update, 3 p.m.:
The girl who was pulled from Lake Michigan on Tuesday morning has died, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. She died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the CFD official.

A young girl who was drowning in Lake Michigan Tuesday morning is now in "extremely critical condition" after being pulled from the lake near Rogers Park, according to authorities.

Paramedics performed CPR on the girl, who appears to be 12 or 13, after she was rescued around 10:45 a.m., near 7600 North and the lakefront, and she was subsequently taken to St. Francis Hospital. Paramedics reportedly arrived on the scene just a few minutes after she went under the water, but high winds made it difficult for searchers to find her, and she was found about 45 minutes later, fire officials told the Tribune.

A 59-year-old Brad Gibbs, who lives in Rogers Park, told the Tribune that he called 911 after seeing the girl disappear in the lake, and then jumped in after her, but was not able to find her:

"I feel really bad about it, actually. We see kids jumping in there a lot... We've pulled people out before because kids will play in here a lot and the currents will wash them around. "So it's not a real surprise," he said. "But you know . . .it's really sad."