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Dangerous day on Lake Michigan

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As people try to beat the heat, dangerous winds have kept rescue teams busy all around Lake Michigan.

Divers are searching for a possible drowning victim on Lake Michigan off a beach in northwest Indiana on Monday afternoon, the Post-Tribune is reporting.

Around 3:20 p.m., police called in a dive team when an inflatable raft with two people on top flipped over in Lake Michigan off Beverly Shores, just west of Michigan City in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Lionel Dominguez from the Bronx, NY had Purchased the $20 inflatable boat and taken it out onto the water with Evelyn Hernandez. When the 35 mph winds tipped the raft over, Hernandez screamed for help and a nearby construction worker rescued her. Dominguez has not been found. Neither of them were wearing life jackets.

Authorities are crediting a marine, 22-year-old Nicholas Dominguez (no relation to Lionel Dominguez), with saving Hernandez.

We were just on the beach on a sunny day with our dogs," Nicholas said.

At some point they noticed the raft floating in the water and two swimmers nearby, he said.

"I wanted to just go in and see if they needed help. I'm fairly confident in my ability. I wasn't worried about how far out it was," Nicholas said.

"I don't know if I said anything, but I just handed my mom my sunglasses, and made for the water."

The waves made it hard for him to see Hernandez at first.

"But when I was finally able to see her, I yelled that I was coming and that's when she started yelling: ‘Help me, help me, I'm exhausted.' I got to her and grabbed her around the waist and took her back to a sand bar where she could stand.

Jeanne swam out to help her son.

"My mom, she was worried for me, so she followed me after a while," said Nicholas, who left Herandez on a sand bar and then went in search of her friend.

"When I swam deeper, I didn't see him. We were yelling his name. So I swam deeper out. And it never occurred to me that he would go under. I just thought that he had drifted further away with the current."

A Coast Guard boat arrived on the scene, and Nicholas backed off, not wanting to interfere.

Beverly Shores police, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard are involved in the search.

In Chicago, a woman was rescued from the waters of Lake Michigan at Belmont Harbor in the Lakeview neighborhood Monday.

Chicago Park District lifeguards had rescued the woman from the harbor by the time the Police Marine Unit arrived near Addison Street about 1:20 p.m., Marine Unit Officer Kevin Kelly said.

The woman was taken in fair condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Kevin MacGregor said.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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