The man who died following a cold water swim in Lake Michigan during a NWS Gale Warning Alert Sunday November 4, 2018 has been identified as Stanislaw Wlosek, Jr., age 46 of Itasca. His identity was released Monday November 5, 2018. Highland Park police and firefighter/paramedics and divers were dispatched to the scene near the North Shore Yacht Club, 21 Park Avenue, Highland Park at 9:18 a.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018. Wlosek was discovered about 9:40 a.m. and CPR was administered immediately. He was transported away from the scene about 10:00 a.m. and transported to Highland Park Hospital while firefighter/paramedics administered CPR and Advanced Life Support. Wlosek was pronounced dead on arrival at Highland Park Hospital. Other firefighters and divers — part of a MABAS Dive Box and Fire Box (for extra personnel) — went to work on a search and rescue operation for a an Elgin woman, age 52, that was still missing. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter dispatched from Traverse City, Michigan was also assigned to the search and rescue operation. Her identity was not initially released.
Search operations resumed for the missing Elgin woman in Lake Michigan near Highland Park Monday morning November 5, 2018, the day after firefighters and divers were called to rescue multiple people in trouble in rough Lake Michigan waters Sunday. On Sunday, firefighters and divers had attempted to reach her in a rescue boat, but the boat almost capsized twice in high waves, and firefighters and divers were forced to return to shore. The female victim was last seen about a quarter mile north of the boat ramp at the North Shore Yacht Club and about 100 feet offshore. An early report had initially indicated that both victims were north of the water plant.
Stanislaw Wlosek, Jr., and the Elgin woman were among a group of about ten people that entered the dangerous Lake Michigan waters as part of a cold-weather swim group.
On Sunday, when darkness set in, Highland Park fire command suspended the search for the Elgin woman because of hazardous conditions in darkness. Firefighters and divers resumed operations near Park Avenue Beach (31 Park Avenue) and areas north of the non-swimming beach about 8:00 a.m. The search involved four vessels, from the fire department and U.S. Coast Guard.
Park Avenue Beach is classified as a non-swimming beach by the Highland Park Park District. The beach features sand and concrete boat launches. A sign posted on the beach reads “No swimming or wading allowed.”
The Lake County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died after responders pulled him out of Lake Michigan near Highland Park. https://t.co/8pvLG2BosF
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) November 5, 2018
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