WHITEFISH BAY - A 34-year-old Milwaukee man drowned Saturday, June 10, in Lake Michigan at Klode Park.
Police dispatchers received a call at 8:09 p.m. that evening about a man struggling in Lake Michigan by the breakwater rocks at Klode Park. A Whitefish Bay police officer arrived on the scene and jumped in the water within about two minutes of getting the call, according to a news release.
The officer swam out about 100 feet to the man and pulled him back toward the shore. The officer was assisted by a citizen who waded into the lake with a long stick to help the officer reach shallower water. Other officers arrived on scene and assisted pulling the man to shore.
Police officers began CPR and turned over lifesaving efforts to the North Shore Fire Department. North Shore Fire Department transported the 34-year-old Milwaukee man to Columbia St. Mary's hospital in Milwaukee. Shortly after arrival, the man was pronounced dead.
Whitefish Bay police advise that swimming in Lake Michigan can be dangerous, particularly in late spring.
"Cold water and unforeseen currents on windy days can be particularly treacherous," the news release said. "Cold water can drain the body's heat very quickly, putting a person's life quickly in peril."