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The death of an off-duty Chicago firefighter who died Sunday while swimming has been ruled an accidental drowning.

The firefighter, identified as 43-year-old Wilbert Hayes, was swimming with his family in Lake Michigan after his shift when the incident occurred.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, Hayes’ death will be considered an “off-duty accidental death of an active-duty member.”

Visitation and funeral services have been set for the fallen firefighter.

Visitation for Hayes will be held Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home, located at 17W201 Roosevelt Road, in Oak Brook Terrace.

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An off-duty Chicago firefighter died on Sunday morning after being pulled out of Lake Michigan at 31st Street Beach. 

CFD responded to the beach about 7:30 a.m. for a call of a marine distress, and crews pulled a man from the water, who was in critical condition.

Sadly, the man, later identified by his family as Wilbert Hayes, did not make it. It was not immediately clear what led to his distress. 

Hayes, who had just ended a shift with the Chicago Fire Department before going to the beach with his family, died at University of Chicago Medical Center. He had been on the job since 2009.

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