Man arrested for surfing in frigid Chicago

Jan. 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Chicago police arrested and ticketed a man for surfing in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.

Rex Flodstrom, 40, was ticketed Tuesday for surfing more than 50 yards from shore, unlawful presence on a closed beach and jeopardizing the safety of others on the beach, police told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday. Police also confiscated his surfboard.

Police said they received a call about 5 p.m. about a man in the lake near the Oak Street Beach and found Flodstrom on his surfboard. The temperature in Chicago at the time of the incident was in the upper 20s, the National Weather Service reported.

"Lifeguards are no longer on duty and swimming is discouraged at all beaches," the Chicago Park District Web site said of the beach.

Beaches are scheduled to reopen May 25.

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