Royal Oak man drowns at Chicago beach during 'life-threatening' lake conditions

- Authorities say that two men were pronounced dead after being pulled from Lake Michigan at Chicago area beaches. One of the victims lived in Royal Oak, Mich.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 28-year-old Christopher Charnow of Royal Oak, Michigan, and 26-year-old Jeremy Kennedy of Chicago were pulled from the water early Saturday.

Authorities were called about 3:45 a.m. to Oak Street Beach, which is off Lake Shore Drive about a dozen blocks north of Navy Pier. A woman was able to get out of the water on her own, but Charnow was lost in crashing waves, authorities said.

A Chicago Fire Department dive team tracked Charnow down, brought him to shore and then to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m., authorities said.

The Chicago native died about an hour prior to Charnow, when he fell into the water while getting off a boat.

The National Weather had warned people to stay out of the water because of dangerous swimming conditions along Lake Michigan's shores in Illinois and Indiana.

'Life-threatening' lake conditions to calm Sunday after 2 pulled from water die

The high waves prompted the city to ban swimming on Saturday at 16 beaches. 

Waves in Lake Michigan ranged from 3 to 5 feet tall Saturday night, but were expected to calm overnight with 1- to 2-foot waves and lighter winds by Sunday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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