Video: Chicago man who fell into icy lake rescued by SWAT officers

The close-call rescue occurred the morning after the city's coldest day of the year


Peter Sblendorio
New York Daily News

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who fell into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan was rescued Saturday by authorities.

The unidentified victim can be seen getting pulled out of the water by two SWAT officers from the Chicago Police Department in a shocking video released Sunday by cops.

Upon being saved, the man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Chicago Police said.

The nearly 10-minute rescue footage, which was shared on Facebook, begins by showing another person attempting to wave down cars along a Chicago freeway in hopes of getting help for the man who had fallen into the water.

Rescue officials arrive at the scene about five minutes into the video. A shorter clip of the rescue was shared to the Chicago Police Department’s Twitter page.

 
CPD SWAT rescues man from Lake Michigan

ONE CHICAGO: On the morning after the coldest day of the year, a pair of CPD SWAT officers rescued an individual who had fallen into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan near the 600 block of N Lake Shore Drive. The individual was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, following a coordinated effort between the CPD Marine Unit and the Chicago Fire Department. Rescue footage begins at the 5:43 mark. A special thank you also goes out to the individual who looked out for their fellow Chicagoan and flagged down assistance from our first responder community. As always, if you see something, say something.

Posted by Chicago Police Department on Sunday, February 16, 2020

The incident occurred close to the 600 block of N Lake Shore Drive, according to police.

“A special thank you also goes out to the individual who looked out for their fellow Chicagoan and flagged down assistance from our first responder community,” Chicago Police said in a Facebook post. “As always, if you see something, say something.”

Chicago Police noted that Saturday’s rescue occurred on the morning after the coldest day of the year.

The heroic feat by authorities comes less than three weeks after a Michigan woman was saved by Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies after falling into icy water while fishing.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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