Coast Guard searching for 4 in Lake Michigan near Chicago

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is searching for four people in Lake Michigan about 7 miles off shore from the 31st Street Marina in Chicago.

At about 6 a.m., Coast Guard rescue crews responded to a report of six people in the water. The call came from a good Samaritan boater who located and rescued one person. The rescued person was in a hypothermic state but reported four or five additional people in the water, reportedly all wearing life jackets. During search efforts another person was located and taken to shore. Both rescued boaters where taken to Mercy Hospital via emergency medical services. They have both been listed in critical condition.

The incident causing the six boaters to enter the water reportedly occurred late Saturday night during a voyage from New Buffalo, Michigan, to Burnham Harbor, Indiana.

Currently searching for the four missing boaters are: Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Chicago, Calumet Harbor and Wilmette Harbor aboard 25 and 45-foot response boats; a rescue aircrew aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan; local rescue crews from Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department aboard both water and air assets.

Also assisting in the search as necessary will be search-and-rescue crews aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, as well as a Hercules aircraft from Rescue Coordination Centre, Trenton, Ontario.

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