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Authorities: 1 swimmer dead, 1 missing in Lake Michigan

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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities say a 46-year-old man has died and a 52-year-old woman is missing after going swimming in hazardous waters in Lake Michigan along a Chicago suburb.

The city of Highland Park says in a statement the Elgin woman and the Itasca man were part of a group of about 10 people in a “cold weather swim group” that went in the lake Sunday morning at Park Avenue Beach amid huge waves and gale-force winds.

The man was taken to a hospital, where the city says he was pronounced dead. A witness says some men tried unsuccessfully to throw the woman a line .

A Coast Guard helicopter from Traverse City, Michigan, searched the area Sunday. Police along the lake in Illinois and Wisconsin were asked to watch for the missing swimmer.