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Police resume search for man missing in Lake Michigan

Updated: January 23, 2012 3:44AM



Chicago Police Sunday resumed their search for a man reported missing in Lake Michigan near Oak Street Beach.

Police said the man was with family members Saturday night when he went into the water and was overcome by high waves. Companions tried to rescue him but couldn’t pull him in, police said.

Divers searched the lake Sunday morning, but poor underwater visibility forced them to suspend their work. Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli said the search began again at 4 p.m. Sunday using sonar equipment.

The man was identified by his relatives as James Garcia, 51, of Berkeley. The Coast Guard ended its participation in the search about 11 a.m. Sunday in the belief that the man’s survival is unlikely, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen.

Officials said they responded to a call of a man in the water near Oak Street Beach at about 9:35 p.m. Saturday. A woman who also was in the water was rescued and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, said Fire Department spokesman Will Knight. On Sunday, Chicago police divers suspended their search around 7 p.m. Marine unit officers planned to continue to search the lake surface using thermal imaging devices through the night. The divers plan to return to the water Monday morning.

Contributing: Mark Konkol and Sun-Times Media Wire



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