WILMETTE, Ill. -- A man is recovering at the hospital after he was pulled from Lake Michigan this afternoon near Gilson Park in Wilmette.
Wilmette police responded to calls of a person in the water around 3:30 p.m.
First responders from five departments and the Coast Guard took just four minutes to arrive on scene.
Firefighter paramedic Tim McCloskey swam out to pull the man in.
“As soon as we got here we spotted him right away and went in after him,” McCloskey said. He grabbed a hold of him
“I asked him if he was alone and from what I could gather, he said, ‘Yes.’”
The 42-year-old victim was kayaking and capsized a mile out. His life jacket held him above the surface. Fire officials say the life vest played a crucial part in saving his life.
The lake temperature was in the mid-40s.
“As soon as I grabbed him, he went limp. He was trying to say thank you the whole way in,” McCloskey said.
It was McCloskey first water rescue.
“It went well ... textbook,” he said.
That victim is being treated at Evanston hospital for hypothermia. He's expected to be okay.