CHICAGO (CBS) — A 25-year-old woman drowned, and a 4-year-old boy is fighting for his life following rescues in Lake Michigan.
Gary Police say a woman disappeared after walking into the water at Marquette Beach in her street clothes.READ MORE: West Side Teens Get Some Maritime Experience Out In Lake Michigan On Boats, Thanks To Community Leader Rev. Walter Jones
Gary police and fire department divers searched for two hours before pulling her dead from the water.
This drowning comes four days after 4-year-old Matthew Ramirez was spotted face-down in Lake Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park. Ramirez was rushed to a Kalamazoo hospital, where CPR restored his breathing.READ MORE: Aldermen Urge Passage Of 'Anjanette Young Ordinance' Seeking Sweeping Changes To CPD Search Warrant Procedures; 'We Have An Obligation To Change Policy'
Neither area had lifeguards on duty.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project’s Dave Benjamin says there are fewer shallow sand bar areas this summer.
“There could be drop-offs. A child could just step in water over their head and, if they’re a non-swimmer, they go right under without a sound,” he said.
Benjamin advises hands-on supervision, as well as life vests for children, even if they swim well.MORE NEWS: Woman Dead After Dragging Officer With Car Before Crashing Into Business In Dolton; Shots Fired By Police
New Buffalo Police rescued a kayaker who fell into the lake and could not get himself out.