Divers pulled a body out of Lake Michigan just north of the soccer and
field hockey fields on Northwestern's Evanston campus, officials said Friday.
A man kayaking observed a fully clothed body floating facedown in the lake, said
Samuel Hunter, division chief of training at Evanston Fire Department. The man
flagged down roller-bladers who called 911 at about 11 a.m.
The EFD dive team recovered the body of an Asian man about 50 to 100 yards off shore, Hunter said. The divers were in the lake for about eight minutes.
A university e-mail sent Saturday to the Evanston NU community identified the man as Hyuk Jin Choi, an NU chemistry graduate student from Dukyang Gu, South Korea. He had been a student at NU since fall 2004.
The water where the body was found was 8 feet deep with a temperature of about 59 degrees, Hunter said.
Hunter couldn't estimate how long the body was in the water, but based on observations, he said, "We don't think it was a long period of time."
Seven other suburban Chicago fire departments, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, sent divers to assist in the recovery, Hunter said. The response is standard procedure for such incidents.
Police are conducting a death investigation but had nothing to report as of Friday
afternoon, said Deputy Chief Joseph Bellino of the Evanston Police Department.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Another Update on the Lakeshore Victim
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