CHICAGO — A body has been recovered from Lake Michigan near Foster Avenue Beach, where a woman went missing Wednesday evening.
Around 9:40 a.m. Thursday, police discovered the body of a woman not too far from the beach area. Police have not confirmed that the body is the missing swimmer.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer identified the woman as Amy Kelts, 20, of Aurora. On Friday, they said an autopsy confirmed the cause of death was drowning and the manner was accidental.
Police said the teen was swimming at the beach around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said she was last seen struggling to swim to the shore, before submerging under the water.
The Chicago Fire Department’s dive team searched the area Wednesday night and resumed their search around 9 a.m. Thursday.
Dave Benjamin, the co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, said waves were anywhere from 1 to 2 feet Wednesday night.
Tragically, Benjamin said there have been 10 drownings this year in Lake Michigan. Five of those drownings have been in the last month.
He said if you’re in a situation where you are struggling in open water, you should attempt to flip, float and follow.
“You flip over on the back of your head and you float, float to keep your head above water, calm yourself down from the panic or drowning and conserve your energy,” Benjamin said. “Then follow a safe path out of the water.”
If you see someone drowning, Benjamin said you shouldn’t jump in the water. Instead, call 911, alert a lifeguard if one is on duty and throw something that floats to that person.
No further information has been provided by police at this time.