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Authorities suspended their search late Sunday for two people who were on a boat that apparently capsized in Lake Michigan near Chicago, hours after the rescue of the other two who were onboard, including a woman who later died.

The Coast Guard released a statement late Sunday saying it had called off the active search for a missing 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman. It said crews originally responded to a report of six people who were in the water, but it later confirmed there were only four onboard, including a man and woman who were pulled alive from the water.

The four were headed from New Buffalo, Michigan, when they ended up in the 60-degree water about 7 miles offshore of Chicago, where they were going, the Coast Guard said.

A fisherman spotted one of the men in the lake at around 6:15 a.m. Sunday, pulled him onboard and called the Coast Guard, officials said. Searchers pulled a woman from the lake about two hours later.

Both were taken to Mercy Hospital, where the woman was pronounced dead, the Coast Guard said. The man was in stable condition late Sunday with symptoms of hypothermia.
Coast Guard suspends search of Lake Michigan for 2 boaters; 2 others rescued, but 1 later dies | Star Tribune

Read on another site that they were in a 33 foot sailboat.
 

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More info on this stroy. Odd that there was no distress call placed, and no trace of the boat found...

The rescued man was confused due to severe hypothermia and gave a number of accounts of what happened, how many people were on board and where they were headed. As a result, rescuers initially thought they were looking for five or six people, Read said.

But as the man warmed up and became more coherent, he told authorities that four people were on the boat when it caught fire Saturday night, forcing them to jump in the water. He had said the boat was sailing from Chicago to New Buffalo, Michigan, but then the man's account changed and he said it was heading from New Buffalo to Chicago, Read said.

Still unanswered, though, is why the people on board did not place a distress call on the radio that was presumably on the boat or attempt to signal other boaters that they were in trouble.

"The Coast Guard heard nothing on the radio, no flares were seen during the night," said Larry Langford, spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, which participated in the search.

Nobody reported seeing a fire on the lake and neither the boat nor any debris has been found, Read said.

"Usually, if the boat is intact it will remain afloat and if it doesn't we find some kind of debris," he said.
Coast Guard Ends Hunt for 2 Lake Michigan Boaters - ABC News
 

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On that day we saw this spy plane looking aircraft making passes over the search area apparently using some sort of radar or IR search device. I hear they didn't find anything.

jBlaze3000:1902898 said:
More info on this stroy. Odd that there was no distress call placed, and no trace of the boat found...

The rescued man was confused due to severe hypothermia and gave a number of accounts of what happened, how many people were on board and where they were headed. As a result, rescuers initially thought they were looking for five or six people, Read said.

But as the man warmed up and became more coherent, he told authorities that four people were on the boat when it caught fire Saturday night, forcing them to jump in the water. He had said the boat was sailing from Chicago to New Buffalo, Michigan, but then the man's account changed and he said it was heading from New Buffalo to Chicago, Read said.

Still unanswered, though, is why the people on board did not place a distress call on the radio that was presumably on the boat or attempt to signal other boaters that they were in trouble.

"The Coast Guard heard nothing on the radio, no flares were seen during the night," said Larry Langford, spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, which participated in the search.

Nobody reported seeing a fire on the lake and neither the boat nor any debris has been found, Read said.

"Usually, if the boat is intact it will remain afloat and if it doesn't we find some kind of debris," he said.
Coast Guard Ends Hunt for 2 Lake Michigan Boaters - ABC News
 

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Interesting update to this story: although it was a power boater with a fire onboard that ultimately caused them to abandon ship, the survivor just filed a suit against SailTime for faulty repairs that he alleges contributed to the fire. Just thought I'd post this since the timesharing operation also has sailboats in its fleet and are based out of Chicago.

Man Sues Rental Company After Fatal Boating Accident « CBS Chicago
 
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