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Off-duty Chicago Fire Department captain drowns in Jackson Park Harbor

Authorities search for a person who fell in the water Sunday night at Jackson Park Harbor. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

An off-duty Chicago firefighter died in an apparent drowning early Monday at a harbor in Jackson Park on the South Side, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Captain Darryl Moore, 55, was pulled from the water shortly before 5 a.m., hours after divers began searching for him at Jackson Park Inner Harbor, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

“It is with sadness that we report the death of CFD Captain Darryl Moore of Truck 40 who died from an apparent drowning at Jackson Park harbor while off duty,” the department wrote in a tweet.

Following an autopsy on Monday, the medical examiner’s office did not immediately rule on the cause and manner of Moore’s death pending further investigation.

Video by Tyler LaRiviere

The fire department responded shortly after midnight to the docks at 6500 S. Richards Dr. and searched for Moore for 90 minutes before turning over recovery efforts to police, according to Deputy District Chief Walter Schroeder.

Moore was found and transported about 5 a.m. under CFD escort to the medical examiner’s office on the West Side, according to the department.

Moore joined CFD in the mid-1980s and worked on Truck Company 40 in the South Side Beverly neighborhood, the department said.

He lived in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Chicago Fire Department hoist a flag across Harrison Street near the Cook County Medical Examiners office for Chicago Fire Captain Darryl Moore, who drowned while off duty early Monday at Jackson Park Harbor. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Chicago Fire Department hoist a flag across Harrison Street near the Cook County Medical Examiners office for Chicago Fire Captain Darryl Moore, who drowned while off duty early Monday at Jackson Park Harbor. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Authorities search for a person who fell in the water Sunday night at Jackson Park Harbor. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Authorities search for a person who fell in the water Sunday night at Jackson Park Harbor. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times