Man Rescued After Driving Car Into Lake Michigan

A man was rescued from Lake Michigan early Saturday after he drove his car into the lake at Belmont Harbor on the North Side. The 26-year-old escaped his car before it was fully submerged and Chicago Police Marine Unit officers helped him to shore around 3 a.m., Chicago police said.

How Did It Happen?

It wasn’t clear how the man drove the car off the road and into the water. No citations have been issued so far, police said. The incident is under investigation.

According to a witness, the man was driving at a high speed and lost control of his vehicle. He crashed through a fence and plunged into the lake. The witness called 911 and reported the accident.

Man Rescued After Driving Car Into Lake Michigan
Man Rescued After Driving Car Into Lake Michigan

What Was The Condition Of The Driver?

The driver was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was reportedly in good condition, according to police. He did not suffer any serious injuries from the crash or the exposure to the cold water.

The driver told the police that he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He said he was just tired and fell asleep at the wheel. He apologized for causing trouble and thanked the officers for saving his life.

How Was The Car Retrieved?

The Chicago Police Marine Unit later retrieved the car from the lake. They used a crane and a tow truck to lift the car out of the water and onto a flatbed. The car was severely damaged and had water inside.

The Marine Unit posted a photo of the car on their Twitter account and wrote: “Early this morning #ChicagoPolice @CPDMarineUnit rec a call that a car w/ an occupant had driven into #BelmontHarbor The occupant was able to get safely to shore & Marine Unit #Officers were able safely remove the #submerged car from harbor which was causing a #navigationalhazard”

What Is The History Of Belmont Harbor?

Belmont Harbor is one of the largest and most popular harbors in Chicago. It is located in Lincoln Park and has over 700 slips for boats. It also has a fuel dock, a bait shop, a restaurant, and a yacht club.

Belmont Harbor has been the site of several accidents and incidents over the years. In 2019, a boat caught fire and sank in the harbor, injuring two people. In 2018, a man drowned after falling off his boat in the harbor. In 2017, a woman was rescued after her kayak capsized in the harbor.

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