EVANSTON — Some passersby rescued a young girl struggling to stay afloat in choppy water in a dramatic rescue effort off the South Boulevard beach about 4 p.m., this afternoon, Evanston Fire Department officials reported.
The girl had gone to the beach with her mother, Division Chief Dwight Hohl said.
Fire officials weren’t sure how the girl got in the water. She was pulled in the strong current to the breakwater, roughly 100 yards out, they said.
“The water took her to the south side of breakwater and deposited her by the rocks,” Hohl said.
A woman walking by the rocks spotted the struggling girl.
“She was bobbing up and down in the water,” she told Hohl.
The walker alerted another woman out for a jog along the rocks. The jogger, from Morton Grove, went into the water and pulled the girl to safety, Hohl said.
He said girl is in good condition and was taken along with her mother to St. Francis Hospital for observation.