A man walking his dog near Loyola Park beach is being credited for helping a 17-year-old girl out of Lake Michigan after she became overcome by large waves and heavy surf this morning, officials said.
A 17-year-old boy who was swimming in the Lake with the girl was pulled out by emergency crews who had been called to the Rogers Park beach at about 6:50 a.m., according to Chicago Police Marine Unit Officer Mark Flechsig.
A marine unit boat responded to the call along with police and paramedics who responded on land to the distress call off Loyola Park beach, at 1115 W. Lunt Ave. , said Flechsig.
By the time police and paramedics responded, the girl had been pulled out by a "Good Samaritan" who happened to be walking his dog near by, said Flechsig.
The 17-year-old boy was about 200 yards out in the water from the beach, he said. While water levels aren't too deep at that beach, Flechsig said there were large waves and heavy surf there Saturday morning.
"They were just having trouble," said Flechsig.
The boy was pulled out of the water by police and firefighters who went into the water from the beach, he said.
According to a fire department media report, the two were taken in good condition to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.