CHICAGO (CBS) — A 13-year-old girl died Tuesday after she was pulled out of the frigid waters of Lake Michigan near Rogers Park.
Chicago Fire Department divers went into the lake near Howard Street around 10 a.m., after witnesses reported seeing a girl, identified as Tianna Hollinside, go into the water, and not resurface.
Even before fire department divers arrived Tuesday morning, neighbor Brad Gibbs, an experienced cold water swimmer, jumped into Lake Michigan to try to rescue Hollinside.
Other neighbors recall seeing the girl and three boys on a beach a couple blocks south in Rogers Park, where they were warned the water was dangerous.
But moments later, Hollinside fell or jumped into the lake. She was underwater for 45 minutes. The fire department’s deputy chief of diving operations said the outside temperatures at this time of year are deceptive.
“Our three divers were in searching. The search lasted more than a half-hour, and they did locate the child, brought the child up, and started CPR resuscitation efforts right there at the water’s edge,” Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
The Hollinside was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in “extremely critical” condition. She later was pronounced dead, according to Langford.
Langford said it appeared Hollinside was unsupervised, and it was unclear why she was in the water.
“There is a little rocky beach here, and this time of year, every year just about, people seem to go in for that first swim on a very warm day, and the water is shockingly cold,” Langford said.