Northwestern University rower missing after falling overboard

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Authorities were searching a channel in a north Chicago suburb on Monday for a Northwestern University rower who fell overboard during morning practice, officials said.

The men's team was practicing in the North Shore Channel near the Northwestern campus when a rower fell into the water, Alan Cubbage, vice president for university relations, said in a statement.

A coach was accompanying the rowers in a separate boat and another member of the team went into the water in an effort to rescue the rower, Cubbage said.

The rower was not wearing a life jacket, local NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV reported, citing Cubbage.

Crew is a club sport at Northwestern, a private university with about 21,000 students in Evanston, Illinois. The team was founded in 1981, according to the team's website.

(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)