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2-Year-Old Critically injured After Being Blown Into Lake Michigan

A grandfather was pushing his 2-year-old grandson in a stroller when a 20 mph wind gust lifted the stroller away from him, and landed in lake Michigan with the 2-year-old inside Friday afternoon.

The child's grandfather jumped into the harbor to save the boy according to the Chicago Fire Department. The man, struggling in the freezing water, shouted "Child! Child!" according to witnesses.

"He was just moaning in the breakwater, crying," John Derscheid, who called 911, said.

The toddler was strapped into a three-wheeled jogging stroller, sitting 10 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan. The water was 42-degrees.

Rescuers were able to rescue the boy, who was in critical condition at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago Friday night according to authorities. A hospital spokeswoman would not comment on the boy's condition Saturday.

The grandfather, who was in fair condition Saturday afternoon, was being treated at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago for exposure.

ABC
Chicago Tribune