CHICAGO (CBS) — Even for good swimmers, the Chicago River is dangerous.
That’s the message from two Chicago Police Marine Unit officers shown in dramatic rescue video.READ MORE: Jury Selection Under Way In Jussie Smollett Trial
A woman fell into the water at the Riverwalk in Streeterville earlier this month.
Her boyfriend jumped in to help, but police had to save them both.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston Shooting; Police Believe Shooting Was Targeted
Officers said it might not look like it, but the water is hazardous.
“The male occupant, his knees and legs were cut up from trying to hold onto the buoy,” said Officer Richard Antonsen. “Hypothermia sets in real quick. It can cause heart attack just on entry.”
“It’s not like going to the beach where it’s nice, smooth and sandy,” said Officer Mike Belluomini. “You have all kinds of obstacles in the river.”MORE NEWS: Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured After House Fire In Clearing
The officers also said because of COVID, people might not be used to the Chicago Riverwalk or the lakefront, so be extra careful.