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Coast Guard calls off search for 2 Lake Michigan boaters

CHICAGO — Without spotting so much as a scrap from a missing 30-foot boat in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan that turn deadly after about six hours, authorities stopped searching Monday for two people who apparently jumped into the water during the weekend.

“The Coast Guard searches for people we believe are alive, and with the temperatures out there, [and] the equipment they had ... we don’t believe they survived,” Coast Guard spokesman Levi Read said.

Two people were pulled from the water: The first was a man who was spotted by a fisherman about 6:15 a.m. Sunday; the second was a woman identified Monday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Ashley Haws, 26, of Chicago.

Ms. Haws, who was unconscious when she was pulled from the water, was soon pronounced dead.

The man remained hospitalized on Monday.

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