Divers Search North Shore Channel After NU Student Falls From Boat

Updated 04/10/17 – 6:45 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Rescue crews were searching the North Shore Channel in north suburban Lincolnwood, after a 19-year-old Northwestern University student fell out of a crew boat Monday morning.

Lincolnwood Fire Chief Mike Hansen said crews were called to the 6600 block of McCormick Boulevard around 7:35 a.m., after a person stood up in a racing shell and fell in the water.

Northwestern University says the club crew team was practicing on the channel at the time when the student went overboard. Officials later identified the missing team member as Mohammed Ramzan, 19, a first-year student from the Seattle area.

Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said the student’s teammates did try to rescue him, but they were unsuccessful. The two who did jump into the water were taken to the hospital for cold exposure. Cubbage said nine students in all were on the shell — eight rowers and a coxswain.

Lincolnwood police and fire department crews, as well as Skokie police and fire crews were assisting in the search for the missing team member.

Dive teams have been searching the water, but as of 11 a.m., the person had not been found.

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