2 suburban Chicago men missing in Lake Michigan near Whiting, Indiana

One person was rescued from the water, but officials were still looking for two men as of Friday night.

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Lake Michigan near the Adler Planetarium where Guy Matheson swims on Friday, May 17, 2024. | Jim Vondruska/For the Sun-Times

Two men went missing in Lake Michigan on Friday. They had been on a boat near Whiting, Indiana.

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Officials have resumed their search in Lake Michigan for two suburban Chicago men who had been passengers on a boat Friday.

A man jumped into the water to swim about 2:30 p.m. near Whiting, Indiana, but began to struggle, leading another man to jump in to help him, said Conservation Officer Alex Neel of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Neither wore a life jacket.

A third man put on a life jacket and jumped in to help rescue them but could not reach them. The three men became separated from the boat because of 2-to-5-foot waves caused by windy conditions, Neel said.

Officials found the boat about two and a half miles off the shore of Whiting, the DNR said. The boat had been carrying 12 people, including the three men who went into the water, Neel said.

Shortly after that, around 4:30 p.m., the man wearing the life jacket was rescued by the Coast Guard around two miles offshore, Neel said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released.

High winds and strong waves are complicating the search, the DNR said.

The other two men remained missing Saturday morning. One is from Elk Grove Village, the other from Mount Prospect, according to Neel. Their identities are being withheld until their families are notified.

Officials suspended their search about 10 p.m. Friday and resumed Saturday morning, he said.

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