Girl, 13, dies after Lake Michigan water rescue

CHICAGO — A 13-year-old girl has died after she was caught in a rip current in Lake Michigan on Friday.

Police said the girl was swimming with a group of teenagers at Loyola Beach in the 1200 block of West Greenleaf Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Friday when she and another girl, 14, were caught by a current.

Rescue crews were able to pull both girls out of the water.

The 13-year-old was rushed in critical condition to St. Francis Hospital, where she later died. She had been in the water for 45 minutes before crews could find her. She was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Darinanne Torres of the 7400 block of North Damen Avenue.

The 14-year-old girl was also taken to a hospital, where her condition had stabilized.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued an advisory for Lake Michigan beaches in Cook County and northwestern Indiana. Life-threatening waves and strong rip currents were expected. Beachgoers were advised to stay out of the water.

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