12 rescued from boat that crashed into Lake Michigan break wall
BY MICHAEL LANSU Staff Reporter September 5, 2013 7:00PM
Updated: September 5, 2013 8:58PM
Emergency crews rescued a dozen people from a boat in distress on Lake Michigan Thursday evening on Chicago’s South Side.
Fire department rescue crews responded about 6:15 p.m. to the 4600 block of South Lake Shore Drive and found a boat hitting the break wall, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
All 12 passengers were helped onto a police Marine Unit boat and nobody was injured, the fire department said. Police could not immediately provide further details.
The boat was “disabled” with “some damage,” according to the fire department.
The National Weather Service had issued a small craft advisory in effect until 10 p.m. for Lake Michigan from Winthrop Harbor to Gary, Ind. because of waves that could reach nine feet.
The advisory means inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller boats, should avoid attempting to navigate in these conditions, according to the weather service.