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They obviously ignored it, where not prepared or experienced. There was a small craft advisory at 7am. I got to work at 9am (work at the Shedd Aquarium) saw coast guard flying low, thought they were doing training.
Winds where pretty strong. I took a break and went to the pump out with my boat on the way to my boat the tender told us about a boat turtleing and crashing into the break wall rocks first it was a sail boat then a motor boat know one knew yet.
I talked to a guy that came in on a 37 Jeanneau he clock 25+ winds at around 8am. No PFDs and obviously not in control of the boat 6 footers on the lake can break every 2 or 3 feet and there is a fairly strong under tow near the break wall when waves are that big. So most likley the boat got broached and down it went. Here is the Chicago Trib Story.
Boater's still missing; 2 men pulled to safety
By Alexa Aguilar
Tribune staff reporter
July 12, 2007
Rescue teams ended their search Wednesday evening for a man missing in Lake Michigan after a boat capsized and sunk in rough waves about a mile from Navy Pier in the morning.
Chicago Police Lt. Christopher Kennedy, who commands the department's marine and helicopter unit, said the missing boater was believed to be a Hispanic man in his 40s.
Rescuers pulled two other men out of the water about 9 a.m. Both had spent one to two hours in the lake and suffered from mild hypothermia from the 65-degree water, Kennedy said. They were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where they were released about 11 a.m.
One of the men was stranded on a break wall east of Navy Pier; the other was found swimming and clutching a flotation device about 200 yards from shore. The missing man likely was not wearing a flotation vest, Kennedy said.
The group launched early Wednesday in a 16-foot outboard motorboat from Diversey Harbor and encountered rough waters, he said. The boat capsized about 1 to 2 miles northeast of the Navy Pier light tower, Kennedy said. "They caught a big wave from a bad direction," he said.
The National Weather Service issued a small craft advisory about 7 a.m. Wednesday. The wind was gusting about 25 knots, and the lake's waves were at about 6 feet, said Nathan Marsili, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The rescue operation, which included Chicago police, the Chicago Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, was staged from the shore of the Jardine Water Purification Plant, and tourists from Navy Pier earlier gathered to watch from across the lake, as helicopters circled overhead.
Kennedy said the teams had been searching in a grid pattern from the area where some debris was found. The boat -- a Mark Twain outboard -- has not been recovered
Last edited by zaldog; 07-13-2007 at 11:58 AM.