14-year-old in ‘extremely critical’ condition after trying to swim Lake Michigan channel


A 14-year-old boy who went under while trying to swim across a channel between Waukegan Harbor and the city’s beach at about 6 p.m. Friday was in “extremely critical” condition after being located and pulled from the water by a Waukegan Fire Department diver, a department spokesman said.

Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi said the teen was one of four young men who attempted to cross from a breakwall near Stiner Pavilion off the south end of Municipal Beach to another bordering the harbor. He added that while one made it across and was helped from the water by passersby, two stayed on the Municipal Beach side, and they saw the teen go under water.

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