Coast Guard rescues 16 people from burning boat north of Navy Pier in Chicago

Members of Coast Guard Station Fairport, Ohio, aboard a 25-foot response boat transit through the waters of Lake Erie. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Garloch)

U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Garloch

CHICAGO — The Coast Guard rescued 16 people from their burning boat north of Navy Pier, near the Water Filtration Plant in Chicago, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor received a call at about 2:30 p.m. over Ch-16 marine radio about the fire on board a 35- pleasure craft.

The watchstander directed a Coast Guard crew, already underway on patrol in the area aboard a 25-foot response boat, to respond. They arrived on scene in minutes.

All 16 people, including three in the water, were brought onto the Coast Guard boat.

A Chicago Fire Department boat arrived on scene to put out the fire.

All 16 people were transferred to Belmont Harbor by the Coast Guard. The damaged vessel was towed to Belmont Harbor by a commercial tow boat service.

There were no injuries or medical issues.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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