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Rescue divers pull two from lake, third still missing

Updated: May 25, 2012 8:49AM



Rescue crews saved two people in Lake Michigan Thursday evening, but a teenage girl remains missing in the waters near the Far North Side beach.

Emergency personnel responded at 5:59 p.m. to Loyola Park beach near West Greenleaf Avenue and learned three people were missing in Lake Michigan, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Meg Ahlheim said.

Fire department divers rescued two people, but were unable to find the third, Ahlheim said.

Nine fire department divers searched both sides of a break wall until about 8 p.m., Ahlheim said. The police Marine Unit took over the search for the missing 14-year-old, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Paramedics took one of the rescued in good to fair condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ahlheim said. Police also said that person is a 14-year-old girl.

The other person rescued refused medical treatment, Ahlheim said. An age and gender on that person was not immediately available.

Dive searches were suspended about 11 p.m., and surface searches were suspended about 2 a.m., police said. They are expected to resume about 8 a.m.



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