Updated: June 24, 2014 7:24AM
Two Southland men who were pulled Tuesday from Lake Michigan off 31st Street Beach died from drowning, autopsies confirmed Wednesday.
Ali Moufid, 36, of the 1000 block of Mayfield Avenue in Oak Lawn, and Otamane Kassou, 40, of the 5200 block of 73rd Court in Summit, died while swimming, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The deaths were ruled as accidents, the office said.
Emergency crews pulled the two men, both shirtless, from the water about 3:50 p.m., and paramedics took them to Mercy Hospital, where they were pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, authorities said.
It’s unclear how far the men went into the water, but just a few people on Tuesday evening dared to dip their toes into the 55-degree water.
James Hogan, 30, of the Bronzeville neighborhood, said he had a painful dip in the lake at one point Tuesday.
“It’s very cold. You can’t stay in for more than 30 seconds. Otherwise, it just hurts. It stings, like bee stings all over,” Hogan said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott said the temperature dipped to 53 degrees offshore — cold enough that if swimmers were in the water a short time, hypothermia could set in.
Despite an extra long winter, the water temperature is about average for May, Mott said.
Sun-Times Media Wire