CHICAGO (WLS) — A body was recovered from Montrose Harbor Wednesday night, hours after a person went missing in the water in Chicago’s “Playpen” area of Lake Michigan Wednesday night, according to CPD.
The body of a 38-year-old Chicago man was discovered just after 12:20 p.m. Thursday on the 200 block of West Montrose Drive. The Chicago Fire Department took the person to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Officials identified the man picked up from the Port of Montrose as Francisco Gonzalez, and said he is not the same person who went missing from the “Kinderbox” on Wednesday night. The CPD Marine Unit is still looking for that person.
Another person is in critical condition after falling unconscious on the same boat, near Oak Street Beach, on Wednesday night.
Police said shortly before 7 p.m. that their naval unit was responding to a report that a person had allegedly fallen from a boat in the “box” near the Jardine Water filtration plant.
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When officers arrived, they started looking for the missing person.
The naval unit searched the lake for the missing person, but the search was suspended for the night.
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The Coast Guard said the missing person was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
This “box” incident comes amid growing safety concerns in that part of the lake.
Last weekend, a mother was seriously injured when she was sucked under a boat that plunged into a raft she was on with friends.
Lana Batochir just had a double amputation of her legs, below her knees.
She has also hired lawyers to start their own investigations and consider a lawsuit.
Incidents like this are a worrying sign for sailboat owners on the lake.
“It’s getting busier. I anchored there years and years ago. But it’s getting a little out of hand now. I don’t know what much more the naval police can do than go through it,” said sailboat owner Tom Payne.
Due to federal laws that apply to the waterways, the US Coast Guard said it is not possible to limit capacity or access to the popular cruising area near Ohio Street Beach.
Officials warned boaters, swimmers and beachgoers to take precautions in the water, including always carry a personal flotation device, never swim alone, monitor weather conditions and keep an eye on everyone in your group.
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