Swimmer in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Michigan near Grant Park

The police marine unit responded Monday afternoon to the call of a man in the water in the 500 block of South Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

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A swimmer was rescued July 6, 2020, in the 500 block of South Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

A swimmer was rescued July 6, 2020, in the 500 block of South Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

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A man was rescued from Lake Michigan after jumping in to swim Monday afternoon near Grant Park, according to police.

The police marine unit responded about 12:40 p.m. to the call of a man in the water in the 500 block of South Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain, according to Chicago police and fire officials.

The 24-year-old was pulled from the water and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. He was listed in critical condition.

It is unclear why he became distressed.

So far in 2020, at least 10 people have drowned in Lake Michigan, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. In 2019, a total of 48 people drowned in Lake Michigan.

On May 5, Everett Chinn Jr., 28, died after he was pulled from Lake Michigan near Balbo Drive.

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