LAKE FOREST — A Lake Forest firefighter rescued a Lake Forest woman who was stuck on the ice-covered rocks at Forest Park Beach on December 27 in subzero wind chill conditions, according to fire and police officials.
After the woman was lifted to safety she was transported to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital as a precautionary measure, according to Lake Forest Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Cronin. He said her lower extremities were wet, but that no one saw her in the water.
“She was calm, alert and talking to us” said Cronin. “Everything was precautionary.”
The temperature was 6 degrees above zero with a minus 5 wind chill, said Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Rob Copeland.
The woman was at the beach with her dog. Neither Copeland nor Cronin said they knew whether the dog had been in the water, but the police took the dog to an animal hospital to be evaluated.
Copeland said a person near the beach flagged a police car to say there was someone in the water. When police arrived, they saw the woman on the rocks near the boat ramp.
“She was over the wall but sitting on the rocks,” said Copeland. “The rocks were icy and we couldn’t reach her. The fire department needed a ladder to rescue her.”
When the fire department arrived, Cronin said, a firefighter donned an exposure suit and was secured with a rope before walking toward the woman.
“When the firefighter reached the patient she secured her with a rope,” said Cronin. “We lowered a ladder down to the rocks and assisted her to safety.”
Boats and divers were also dispatched from the Highland Park Fire Department and Knollwood Fire Department but were cancelled en route to the scene.