9 rescued from sinking boat near Calumet Harbor

2013-08-19T18:18:00Z 2013-08-20T00:46:04Z 9 rescued from sinking boat near Calumet HarborTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 19, 2013 6:18 pm  • 

CHICAGO | U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued nine people Sunday night from a sinking boat in Lake Michigan near the Calumet Harbor station.

About 7:30 p.m., people on a 33-foot boat contacted search and rescue crews using a marine radio, saying their boat was taking on water about a mile from the Calumet Harbor breakwall.

Search and rescue crews used an urgent marine message to boaters asking them to be on the lookout for anyone in distress.

When Coast Guard crews arrived at the scene, they transferred all nine people to a response boat.

The Coast Guard does not reveal names or hometowns of people rescued as protocol.

Crews then removed water from the sinking vessel with the help of a Chicago Police Department marine unit.

The boat partially sank just outside the breakwall, with about 6 feet of the bow coming to rest above the waterline and the stern completely submerged.

The driver of the boat told Coast Guard officials the vessel may have struck a sandbar, causing it to take on water.

Coast Guard officials said there were no signs of pollution from the 80 gallons of fuel on the boat. Marine inspectors monitored the scene overnight and removed the boat early Monday.

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