High Winds Prevent Divers from Searching for Missing Girl
CHICAGO (AP) _ Wind gusting to 50 mph prevented divers from searching for a 10-year-old girl, feared drowned after she disappeared in Lake Michigan before she could be rescued by a windsurfer who saved her companion, police said.
Crews combed the shore of the lake early Wednesday, but were driven inland after a few hours by the weather, police said. Searchers were poised to resume searching for Denise Taylor when weather permits.
The girl’s companion, Michael Evans, 11, was in good condition Wednesday at Children’s Memorial Hospital, being treated for hypothermia, said spokeswoman Vickie Hughes.
Despite record-setting 85-degree weather, the water temperature was 40 degrees.
The boy was plucked from Lake Michigan by windsurfer Perry Tulk, who noticed the children and their inflatable raft about 300 yards from shore. After alerting two police officers, he sped out through choppy waves on his board to aid the youngsters who had jumped into the water as wind pushed their raft farther out into the lake.
″I saw the closest one to me go under water, so I jumped off my board and grabbed him,″ said Tulk, 30. ″I could see him bobbing completely under water - I figured he was about to cash it in.″
He said he told the boy to hold tightly to the straps on the board.
″He looked like a frozen mouse,″ Tulk said late Tuesday. ″All he was wearing was a pair of shorts.″
Tulk said he struggled to paddle toward shore when a Fire Department helicopter arrived on the scene and dropped a diver, who helped them to the beach.
Authorities called off search efforts for the girl at dark Tuesday.