Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit Rescues Two Teens on Lake Michigan Near Lake Bluff

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Within a week of announcing the return of Lake Michigan patrols, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit saved the lives of two teen paddle boarders who went adrift in Lake Michigan near the Lake Bluff shoreline. 
The Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit Lake Michigan Watercraft was on patrol approximately one mile from the Lake Bluff shoreline on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at approximately 1:30 p.m. when the marine deputies observed two 16-year-olds — a girl from Lake Bluff and a boy from Wauconda — both paddle boarding, floating outward toward the center of Lake Michigan. 

The teens were not able to overcome the wind and lake current, which continued to pull them away from the shoreline.

The teens were not wearing life vests, and did not have their phones or any other type of communication or emergency devices.  Marine unit deputies pulled them from the waters of Lake Michigan, and were able to also retrieve their paddle boards. 

“This is what this Sheriff’s Lake Michigan Patrol Boat is all about – saving lives.  I am so grateful we were able to replace our previous Lake Michigan boat that was retired in 2018.  This allowed our marine unit deputies to save two young lives within a week of resuming patrols.”

— Sheriff John D. Idleburg

The teens were uninjured, and were safely reunited with family at the Lake Forest Marina.  


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