Dramatic moment man, 22, is rescued from icy Lake Michigan after a jogger saw him wave wildly for help
- The 22-year-old man staggered unstable on the water around 7 am on Saturday and then disappears from view
- A jogger saw him in the water and tried to get drivers down for help
- The jogger then risked his own safety to cross the highway to get help
- In the meantime, the victim is seen furiously waving to get attention
- Chicago Fire Department and CPD Marine Unit worked together to take the man out, lay him in a sheet, and take him to the hospital where he was in critical condition
- Saturday was 19 degrees and the feeling temperature caused 5 degrees
This is the dramatic moment when an Illinois man was rescued from icy Lake Michigan the morning after the coldest day of the year.
Video released by the Chicago police on Sunday shows the 22-year-old man stumbling around the water unstable on his feet around 7 am Saturday, then he disappears from view.
At moments that occur outside the lens, it is assumed that a jogger has seen someone in the water and appears on the camera again while trying to wave passing drivers down for help.
A man fell in Lake Michigan on Saturday morning. The Chicago Fire Department and CPD Marine Unit worked together to get the man out
About a dozen workers responded to the scene. Chicago Police wrote on Twitter: “As always, you say something”
But if the joggers don’t seem to be lucky, they risk their own safety to cross the lane at the 600 block of N Lake Shore Drive and engage emergency workers.
The victim – whose face has faded to hide his identity – is fiercely seen waving to get attention on the day it was 19 degrees and the feeling temperature gave it 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
It is unclear whether passing drivers called 911 or the jogger caught the attention of the first responders, but shortly thereafter a fire truck pulled over to the stage and SWAT officers run across the snow-covered ground and towards the lake.
The duo take off their vests and let themselves fall on their stomachs to pull the man out of the lake, meanwhile drivers come from trucks from the Chicago Fire Department but do not have to go into the cold water thanks to the quick response.
The CPD Marine Unit also stops along the road, bringing the number of emergency workers to a dozen.
Authorities are seen covering the man with a white sheet to help him stay warm.
The 22-year-old man staggered over the water around 7 am, the day after the coldest day of the year
A jogger tried to mark the help of drivers and rescuers and helped save the man’s life
Meanwhile, the victim is seen furiously waving to get attention that he did not know was on the way
The individual was transported to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a critical condition.
It is unclear how the man ended up in the lake.
The clip was shared when the CPD thanked the person who had marked the help of first responders and helped save the man’s life.
“A special thank you goes to the person who was looking for his fellow Chicagoan and marked the help of our first responding community,” the Chicago police wrote on Twitter. “As always, you say something when you see something.”
A SWAT duo removes their vests and drops onto their stomachs to pull the man out of the lake
Saturday was 19 degrees and the feeling temperature caused 5 degrees
The authorities covered him in a sheet and brought him to the hospital where he was in critical condition