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Man dies after falling off Jet Ski near 59th Street Harbor

Someone was pulled from Lake Michigan near the 59th Street Harbor. | Google Earth

A man died Saturday night after divers pulled him from Lake Michigan near the 59th Street Harbor.

Emergency crews responded about 8:40 p.m. for calls of a person in the water near 59th Street, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

James Earl Jefferson, 52, had fallen off a Jet Ski while partying, the fire department and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

Divers pulled Jefferson out of the water about 20 minutes after he went under, the authorities said. Paramedics were performing CPR as they took him in critical condition to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, the Chicago Police and fire departments said.

An autopsy conducted Sunday found that Jefferson died from drowning, and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Police said detectives were investigating the death Saturday night.