Orland Park Man Drowned After Boating Accident
Christopher Szmajlo was an aspiring singer and songwriter.
Updated, 5:25 p.m.
Updated, 10:35 a.m.
An Orland Park man reported missing after falling from a boat into Lake Michigan Monday night was found dead from drowning.
Christopher Szmajlo, 29, was found Tuesday morning. His body was seen around 9:10 a.m. and was later removed from the lake. The case is considered a death investigation, according to Chicago Police spokesperson Lt. Maureen Biggane.
Szmajlo was described by loved ones as a "good guy" who was "passionate about music."
His Youtube page features 20 songs he recorded with just him singing and playing acoustic guitar, several of which Szmajlo wrote himself. The songs are simple roots-style folk tunes, titled "This Ain't Our War," "Bargain" and "Rollercoaster." He used the name "Chris Shmay" for the songs on Youtube.
Witnesses originally reported that a 29-year-old man fell in the lake around 10:15 p.m. near Navy Pier, and about half a mile from the Chicago Harbor locks, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago Police’s Marine Unit and Chicago firefighters searched for the man Monday night. Firefighters left the scene around midnight and the Marine Unit stopped their search around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday due to lack of visibility in the dark. The search started again after the sun came up, according to Chicago Police, and he was found.