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Man dies while trying to save cat that jumped into lake from canoe

By Mason White 5:20 PM May 27, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man died while trying to save his pet cat.

Police in Chicago, Illinois, said that the 46-year-old man died while canoeing in Loon Lake, after he jumped into the water to try to save his cat.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m., to the 2300 block of Lake Shore Drive in Antioch.

The man was in a canoe with another man and woman in Loon Lake when his cat that was also in the boat, jumped into the water, police said.

The man jumped after the cat in an attempt to save it, but he never came back from under the water, officials said.

His body was recovered shortly after midnight. Police have not yet released the name of the victim.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death.