Chicago Crews Pull Man Safely From Frigid Lake

Updated: 12-28-2007 05:33:22 PM

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A man walking along Lake Michigan apparently suffered a seizure and fell into the water Friday morning before being rescued by firefighters on the North Side near Montrose Harbor.

The 22-year-old was along the lake near Montrose Harbor on the North Side when he suffered some type of seizure and fell into the chilly water, according to Fire Media Affairs Asst. Director Eve Rodriguez.

Passing joggers alerted Streets & Sanitation's Snow Foreman Mel Loftus, who was on patrol nearby. He radioed the 911 center, which alerted the Fire Department, according to a news release.

The man was conscious and coherent when rescue crews arrived at about 10:30 a.m. near 400 W. Montrose Harbor Drive, according to a Town Hall District police lieutenant.

The man hung onto a line the Fire Department threw to him on the west side of Montrose Harbor, the lieutenant said.

Rodriguez said firefighters were able to pull the man out of the water and he was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.

Additional information provided by Sun-Times News Group