Ice rescue at Foster Beach captured on police body cameras

Screenshot of police bodycam footage. | CPD

Chicago police tonight released bodyworn camera footage of officers rescuing a 33-year-old man and his dog from the frigid waters of Lake Michigan near Foster Beach on Sunday afternoon.  The man and his pet have both recovered.

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Police and fire units were called to the beach around 1 p.m. when the man had trouble getting out of the water after jumping in to save an American Eskimo mix puppy that jumped into the lake on his first visit to the beach.

Chicago Police Commander Sean Loughran speaks with to the media with officers who were involved in the rescue. | Chicago Police Department

Arriving officers linked themselves together to rescue the man, police said.

The lake’s water temperature is 34 degrees today at the Chicago shoreline, according to the National Weather Service. Without specially-designed gear, a person in the water will lose consciousness within 15 minutes, a member of CPD’s marine unit said.

Police said the man was treated and released from Weiss Memorial Hospital.

He released a statement today in which he praised the officers and other personnel who came to his aid. “I have no doubt that I would have died without help, I am forever grateful to them…My core body temperature had dropped to 93 degrees. Pika and I are both fully recovered and in debt to our gracious and heroic first responders.”
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