Evanston firefighter/paramedics called for an extra alarm diver’s box about 2:00 a.m. Friday after Evanston police saw a woman venture into deep water at about 1:30 a.m. near the Dempster Boat House, 101 Dempster in Evanston. Police called out to the woman, but she ignored the calls as she continued out into Lake Michigan.
Evanston called out for a diver’s box, which would have brought divers from Deerfield/Bannockburn FD, Des Plaines, FD, Evanston FD, Glencoe FD, Glenview FD, Great Lakes FD, Niles FD, Northbrook FD, Northfield FD, North Maine FPD, Park Ridge FD, Prospect Heights FPD, Highland Park FD, Highwood FD, Lincolnwood FD, Morton Grove FD, Skokie FD, Wilmette FD, and Winnetka FD. (not all departments confirmed on the scene). The U.S. Coast Guard, a Chicago Fire Department helicopter and an Evanston lifeguard boat were used in the search. Sidescan sonar equipment was also used at the scene. The search was suspended about 4:50 a.m. with the intent to begin searching again after dawn.
About 7:00 a.m. a 49-year-old woman showed up at the Dempster Street boathouse just after 7 a.m. Friday wearing barely any clothing or no clothing. The woman’s personal items and identification were left behind on the beach, which indicated the possibility of an attempt to commit suicide.
The woman was taken into custody by Evanston police for investigation and possible charges.
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