A 26-year-old man died Monday after climbing over a fence along the Chicago Riverwalk and falling into the icy waters in an attempt to retrieve his cell phone. His two friends — a 23-year-old man and 21-year-old woman — tried to help, but fell into the river as well.
A rescue team pulled the two men out of the water early Monday morning and rushed them to nearby hospitals. The 26-year-old later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while the 23-year-old is recovering in stable condition at St. Joseph Hospital. All three were friends from Minnesota, WGN-TV reported.
Rescue teams searched for three hours in frigid waters for the 21-year-old woman before calling off the mission. She is still missing, but presumed dead. Authorities returned to the site in the morning with her family for a recovery mission.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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