Coast Guard assists 5 people from grounded vessel in Lake Calumet

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted two adults and three children back to safety Thursday afternoon after their boat ran aground in Lake Calumet near Chicago.

At 3:50 p.m. CST, a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, located in Chicago, received a phone call from the operator of a grounded boat in Lake Calumet. The boat operator stated there were five people, three of them children between the ages of 11 and 16, aboard the 36-foot boat. The operator also stated that he had previously contacted commercial services to assist them, but they were not able to assist until the next day.

A rescue boat crew from the station launched to assist and arrived on scene at 4:30 p.m. Due to the shallow water in Lake Calumet, the rescue boat crew aboard a 25-foot response boat stopped at the mouth of the Calumet River and the lake. Two rescue crew members then approached the stranded boaters with a 7-foot skiff propelled by a portable outboard motor and made three separate trips to rescue all five people. The rescue boat crew then transported all five people to the Sunset Bay Marina.

“This was one of many similar cases this boating season that we used this rescue approach to reach stranded boaters in Lake Calumet,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Palmer, the officer of the day for Station Calumet Harbor. “We encourage all boaters to make sure they are aware of proper navigational channels in this area, and to be sure they follow navigational charts.”

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