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Coast Guard Rescues Chicago Man in Wilmette

The 18-year-old Chicago man was rescued off a breakwall at Gillson Park Wednesday.

An 18-year-old Chicago man was rescued from drowning in Lake Michigan by U.S. Coast Guard boat crews stationed at the Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The man had been "struggling off a breakwall at near the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue," according to the Tribune.

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Wilmette firefighters, who initially arrived at the scene at 6:30 p.m., couldn't access the man and called the Coast Guard for assistance. "It took only about four minutes for Coast Guard rescuers members aboard a 25-foot response boat out of Station Wilmette Harbor to get to the man," the Tribune reports.

Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune's website. Stay tuned to Patch for more on the story.

Joel Strauss August 04, 2011 at 03:00 PM
I was fishing in Wilmette Harbor when the coast guard rescue boat flew out of the harbor toward the rescue area. Lucky guy! Nice job! I hope your funds aren't cut by that group of fools in Washington. We're all in trouble then.
George August 04, 2011 at 05:13 PM
The guy was either swimming in the "no swimming or wading" area or jumping off of the pier. When I worked down there we had a staff member stationed on the pier to kick these guys out of the park. Apparently they don't do monitor the pier anymore.
Andrea Hart August 04, 2011 at 06:27 PM
George, thanks for reading and commenting. I was wondering if you would be interested in talking to me via email? andrea.hart@patch.com.

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