CHICAGO -- A 13-year-old girl died Tuesday after she was pulled from the cold waters of Lake Michigan.
The Chicago Fire Department responded to a call of a child in the water at Howard Beach Park on 7600 North and the Lakefront just before 10 a.m. and began searching.
13-year-old Tianna Hollinside was pulled from the water. She had been submerged for 45 minutes in the 52-degree water.
“Due to the winds and the current and visibility it was a difficult search for the divers,” said Deputy Chief Ron Dorneker of the Chicago Fire Dept’s marine unit.
The girl's family gathered at the hospital after Tianna's death. They say she decided to skip school and go to the lake with her friends.
Five police and fire dive teams responded to the 911 call made just before 10 a.m. by Rogers Park resident Brad Gibbs, who was home at the time.
“I came out on the porch and asked them what was going on,” he told WGN News. “And they seem to be panicking a bit and upset … So I ran down. …I called 911 and I jumped in to see if I could find her.”
His attempt was not successful.
Tianna was taken to the hospital where she later died.