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2 girls, 14, rescued after thrown from jet ski near Winnetka

2 girls, 14, rescued after thrown from jet ski near Winnetka
U.S. Coast Guard boat, photo illustration. (Chicago Tribune illustration)

Two 14-year-old girls were rescued after they were thrown from a jet ski and stranded in Lake Michigan near Winnetka for about a hour, officials said.

The girls told rescuers they made a sharp turn and were thrown from the jet ski, according toU.S. Coast GuardDuty Officer Charles Wolfson.

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The girls were about four miles north of Winnetka when the accident occurred, he said. They were in the water about a hour before they were found by a Coast Guard helicopter that spotted their jet ski, he said.

The jet ski had an automatic shut off switch and the girls were both wearing life jackets, Wolfson said.

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"We were happy the girls were wearing life jackets -- it saved their lives," he said.

A rescue boat was deployed and the girls were taken to the Coast Guard's Wilmette Station, where they were treated for hypothermia, Wolfson said. The water temperature was about 60 degrees.

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