Chicago Cop Rescues Woman From Lake Michigan
CHICAGO, Ill. (STNG) -- A woman is in critical condition Sunday morning after she was saved by a Chicago police officer Saturday night when she took a plunge into Lake Michigan during an apparent suicide attempt near Burnham Park on the near South Side.
The Prairie (21st) District bike officer was on a routine patrol near the 31st Street beach pier when someone approached him reporting that they saw a woman jump into Lake Michigan, according to Prairie District Lt. Kathleen Scanlan.
The 27-year-old woman jumped into the water, at 3100 S. Lake Shore Dr., saying she was going to kill herself about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.
The bike officer jumped into the freezing water and with the help of other Prairie district officers and a detective was able to rescue the unconscious woman from the water, Scanlan said.
The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition, Greer said. The bike officer, who has been a Chicago police officer for 10 years, was also taken to an area hospital for treatment of hypothermia and bumps and bruises he suffered pulling the woman out of the water, Scanlan said.
He was released from the hospital and sent home by 2:30 a.m., the lieutenant said.