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updated: 5/20/2014 5:47 PM

2 men die after their rescue from Lake Michigan

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Authorities in Chicago say two men pulled from Lake Michigan by emergency crews have died at a nearby hospital.

Chicago Fire Department officials say the men were swimming off a South Side beach Tuesday when they apparently became disabled by the cold water. A third man tried to rescue the men but returned to shore after he began experiencing trouble.

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Deputy Fire Chief Mike Fox say divers dropped by helicopters into the water quickly located the men and brought them to shore. Fox says the men were taken in critical condition to Mercy Hospital, where they later died.

Fox later said Lake Michigan's current condition, with temperatures in the low 50s, is not friendly to swimmers. He said the body will shut down quickly at those temperatures.

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