Swimmer swept away by Lake Michigan gale-force winds, waves
CHICAGO (AP) _ A swimmer has been swept away by huge waves and gale-force winds on Lake Michigan.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the woman was among about a dozen swimmers who entered the lake about 9 a.m. Sunday at a Highland Park beach.
Witnesses say several got caught in the waves. Everyone but the woman reached shore.
One witness says some men tried unsuccessfully to throw the woman a line from a breakwater.
Highland Park Fire Chief Larry Amidei says emergency responders were searching for the woman but waves were too high to dispatch a Highland Park rescue boat. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Traverse City, Michigan, arrived just before noon.
Rescuers were able to grab one man and pull him to shore. He was taken to Highland Park Hospital.