CHICAGO — While local authorities continue their search for a 56-year-old man who fell from a sailboat into Lake Michigan Saturday evening, the Coast Guard has suspended its search.
The boat was about 2 miles offshore when Daniel Brown, who fell in the water without a life jacket about 7:20 p.m., officials said.
Police are searching between Montrose Beach and Diversey Harbor for the man, police spokeswoman Officer Ana Pacheco said.
Police said Brown is a strong swimmer and a tri-athlete, and possibly swam ashore.
The Coast Guard searched for Brown until 1 a.m. Sunday, sweeping the area about 20 times, said Charles Wolfson, command officer on duty for the Coast Guard's Lake Michigan Sector Command in Milwaukee.
Wolfson said waters were rough Saturday evening, with swells measuring between four and seven feet. Brown was leaning against a safety line when it gave way, and he tumbled into the lake. The six others on board tried to get to him, Wolfson said, but could not.
Police asked the public to be on the lookout for Brown.
He is described as 5-foot-11, 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown-grey hair. He has daggers and a heart tattoed on his left shoulder.
Anyone with information can call Area North detectives at 312-744-8200.
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