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1 dead after boat capsizes on Lake Michigan

1 Dead After Boat Capsizes In Lake Michigan Near Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Fire Department says the search for people who were on a boat that capsized on Lake Michigan has been suspended for the night.

The fire department posted the update on its Twitter feed Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard says there were apparently four or six people onboard the 30-foot boat when it capsized Saturday night several miles from shore.

Authorities say a man pulled from the 60-degree water Sunday morning is hospitalized in critical condition. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Levi Read said the man was in a "hypothermic state" and had given conflicting information.

A woman was found alive several hours later, but she died.

The boat was traveling between New Buffalo, Michigan, and the Chicago area.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A woman on a boat that capsized miles from Chicago's shoreline died Sunday after being pulled from Lake Michigan, and the U.S. Coast Guard said crews were conducting an air and water search for as many as four other people.

The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed the woman's death Sunday afternoon, but had no other details. A fisherman pulled a man who had been on the boat from the lake around 6:15 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Rescuers pulled the woman from the 60-degree water a few hours later.

It's not clear whether there were four or six people board the 30-foot boat that capsized about five to seven miles from shore Saturday night.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Levi Read said the rescued boater is in a "hypothermic state" and has given conflicting information.

"Because of his state, he's changed his story several times during questioning and while he was getting medical care," Read said. "As a precaution we're searching for more, rather than less."

The boat was traveling between New Buffalo, Michigan, and the Chicago area.

"Apparently something happened really fast and they either didn't have a radio or their radio was broken," Read said.

Ron Dornecker, head of Chicago Fire Department Marine and Dive operations, said crews were searching for two of the boaters about six miles from the 31st Street Harbor.

"We're searching a very large area out there," Dornecker said. "When the people did enter the water last night, they were separated. It was nighttime. They could be, at this point, miles apart."

He warned that the boaters were in "very cold water," but said all who remain missing are believed to be wearing flotation devices.

The search includes helicopters and an airplane, as well as boats.

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chesepeke June 01 2014 at 5:27 PM

Damn boats are killing people! I say Congress must ban them all!!!!

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Linda and Steve June 01 2014 at 5:48 PM

Lake Michigan IS very dangerous! Don't ever short change yourself into thinking otherwise. Storms can blow up in minutes unannounced. Calm waters can turn into 6 foot swells in minutes as well. Add liquor or going to fast at night really ups the risk factor.
Bottom line-beware and respect the lake for its a dangerous place.

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Kazulobzrvr Linda and Steve June 01 2014 at 6:40 PM

The Great Lakes in general, and Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron in particular, are really inland seas with the extreme capacity to quickly become as dangerous as any ocean. Anyone who's experienced the fear factor of drifting in calm waters one minute and then being tossed around like a child's bathtub plaything the next knows of what I speak. It is a feeling of profound understanding and respect, at once seared into memory and never to be forgotten.

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Alex Linda and Steve June 02 2014 at 12:00 AM

My granddad was in the navy and weathered many storms on the high seas, but he said the only time he got seasick was the one time his ship was caught in a storm on Lake Michigan. All that energy and no where for it to go.

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jcollina Alex June 02 2014 at 7:34 AM

My brother said the very same thing about his destroyer duty on Lake Michigan.

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Kazulobzrvr June 01 2014 at 7:13 PM

"Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?"

--- Gordon Lightfoot

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donahuepapad123 Kazulobzrvr June 01 2014 at 8:51 PM

YES , if you just relax and try to stay afloat the best you can , showing you cherrish this life , but when your turn finnaly comes just turn up your thumbs and accept death as the ultimate gift , once you pass through the gate , you wont feel anymore hate , just the joy of love from those waiting above , and peace and serenity forever ........its only the living that grieve , because they miss us dearly ... we will meet again .

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roseyoungstewart donahuepapad123 June 01 2014 at 11:50 PM

oh why don't you just shut up ...

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jcollina donahuepapad123 June 02 2014 at 7:35 AM

No one really wants to die.

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vafilec_39 Kazulobzrvr June 02 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yes, as w/ the Navy Seals who go thru frightening training, GOD is there pushing you to have the inner strength to survive. Gordon Lightfoot however, only writes songs and those words were not meant for anyone to think that the waves had anything to do with water. Waves of thought, waves of depression, waves of uselessness, etc. etc. etc. But then you have to be a USA citizen to know those things, and educated.

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debo1411 June 01 2014 at 6:21 PM

Lake Michigan is very dangerous lake. It's basically a fresh water ocean with rip tides and undertows.

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Bob June 01 2014 at 7:27 PM

I have raced sailboats across Lake Michigan, unless you have been out in the middle of the lake, you have no idea how rough the water can get. It is no place for small boats or people with little knowlege of boats and the lake.

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Joi June 01 2014 at 7:47 PM

I lived on the Atlantic Ocean for 9-days coming back to New York from Germany, on a large Military Ship in the 1960's that had been used to transport Soldiers there during WW2. It was now used to transfer Dependents, of which I was one, a young female daughter of an Army Officer. The big Pond is huge, deep, and scary but all went well until we were nearing N.Y. as a storm blew up, we had to stay out at Sea for an extra day due to waves being over 40-ft. tall. Big Ship rocked like crazy, toilets were drained to keep water off of floors, and if I had a pair of Roller Skates on my feet, I coulda rolled from one large area to another without lifting up a foot. Respect water, regardless of how deep it is, stay on land if you can, water is for fish/whales/sharks, etc.

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fmott1954 June 01 2014 at 4:39 PM


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ciaccim fmott1954 June 01 2014 at 4:54 PM

pray who

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jimormarylosc June 01 2014 at 5:51 PM

waves could have been mountainous, wisely put on life jackets, never leave port without a radio that works. it is your life line.

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mo524 jimormarylosc June 01 2014 at 6:44 PM

And always do a radio check to make sure it is working.

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williegeno June 01 2014 at 5:58 PM

Unfortunately, Good seamanship is avoiding situations in which you have to use it. Apparently, the person piloting this boat had not learned that..... yet. That type of mistake has dear cost.

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jbcell williegeno June 02 2014 at 10:37 AM

How the h do you know what this person did or did not do within good seamanship. Based on this article, they could have been hit by a meteor for you know. Stupist statement I have ever seen. Good seamanship is preparing for situations where you need it. The only way to garantee avoiding the need is to stay on shore. smuck

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herbschober June 01 2014 at 5:02 PM

traveling at night across lake michigan is very dangerous, even in a 30 foot boat.. Who knows what may have happened..not that is is what happened, but all too often speed is usually too high for conditions and at night speed MUST BE reduced to less than half of what the driver thinks is safe.. that's correct .. less than 1/2 of what the boat THINKS

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cellsyseng herbschober June 01 2014 at 7:44 PM

Last time I crossed Lake Michigan was at about 200 MPH, a few thousand feet up... If I'd had an engine failure and gone for a swim, it would have been a big story.... a boat accident rates about 10 times above a car crash, and an airplane accident rates 10 times more sensational... BUT neither is national news - neither affects anyone but the families involved. "If it bleeds, it leads" has been the media mantra for too long.. Why are we even discussing this? Ewww.

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donahuepapad123 herbschober June 01 2014 at 9:08 PM

yes , even if you know the water your on , you must slow down and use your spot lite to look for drift wood and other obsticles , even the careless fishermen who left thier anchor and bow lites off ??? lets not forget the rogue waves , ?? and you should always wear your life vest , if you do hit something and bang your head , at least you might float ? if you dont get tangled up on anything ? GOOD LUCK , HAVE FUN..

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