Search resumes in Waukegan for teen missing in Lake Michigan

Daily Herald report
Updated 1/21/2019 12:50 PM

The search resumed Monday for a teenager who went missing Friday in Lake Michigan in Waukegan, though frigid temperatures and icy conditions are keeping rescue crews out of the water, authorities said.

The U.S. Coast Guard said they were unable to assist because of the conditions, according to the Waukegan Fire Department. Instead, fire crews searched the shoreline Monday morning and the department secured the use of an air boat and sonar to conduct the search. Illinois State Police air operations also assisted with an aerial search of the area, fire officials said.


Operations were expected to continue Monday afternoon unless conditions worsen as a result of lake effect snow.

The teen went missing about 4:30 p.m. Friday after jumping into the lake to help someone who had slipped off a pier at Stiner Pavilion, authorities said. Firefighters responded and found one person who was able to get out of the water.

Despite searching until late Friday with divers and a boat, firefighters could not locate the missing person as the weather and visibility worsened.

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