Girl dies after she got caught in strong rip current in Lake Michigan

A 13-year-old girl has died after she was swept away by a rip current while swimming at a Chicago beach. 

Darihanne Torres was one of five children rescued from Lake Michigan at Loyola beach Friday night where they were caught in the strong currents.

Police received calls about people stuck in the water around 7.35pm. 

While the three boys in the group were rescued quickly, the two girls went under the water.

A 43-year-old bystander, Nelson Lovera, jumped into the water after he saw the police rescue effort and helped in the rescue of the other 13-year-old girl.

Chicago police at first couldn’t find Torres after she went under the water and infrared heat-seeking cameras couldn’t detect her as her body temperature dipped below the 70-degree water, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said to the Chicago Tribune. 

She was spotted three blocks south of where she went under, sending officers sprinting along the beach to rescue her.

She was underwater for a total of 45 minutes.  

The two girls were taken to St. Francis Hospital. The other was in stable condition. Torres was pronounced dead just before 10.15pm, according to Fox32.

The three boys declined hospital transport. 

‘He just said that they were in the water playing and he didn’t know what happened to the girls,’ Marisol Perez, whose brother was in the water with the girls, said. 

A beach hazard warning against life-threatening waves and rip currents was issued for Cook County and Northwest Indiana on Friday. 

The children were in the water after the lifeguards had left the beach at 7pm.  

‘Although the water is warm, it’s very dangerous.  They’re going to knock you off your feet. They are very difficult to swim in,’ Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Ron Dorneker said about the waves.

A vigil is set for Monday at 6pm at Loyola Beach. Her family describes ‘Ari’ as ‘a loving daughter, great sister. With a bright future and many dreams to accomplish’.

=A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the funeral costs.   

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