Choppy waters overturn boats
July 30, 2006 (last updated 5:53 p.m.) (WLS) -- At least 14 people were pulled from the waters of Lake Michigan after several boats capsized Sunday afternoon. Choppy waters fueled by strong winds made for rough conditions.
No one was seriously injured.
"It really was scary," said Jenny Jacobs, who was glad to back on land after the motorboat she was on with friends came close to capsizing when the hot and humid weather gave way to gray and stormy skies.
"It was just a nice day and the storm hit and we were trying to race back to the harbor in case there was lightning and our motor flooded," said Jacobs.
The group's boat was one of seven craft caught by a quick-moving system.
"You crossed over and you could feel the cold air just hit you all of a sudden. You knew the waves were coming and the waves were just coming up probably six feet high coming into the boat," said Naomi Damask, rescued boater
Rescuers plucked more a dozen people from the grips of Lake Michigan.
"The engine flooded with waters and the whole thing. (The) engine (was) killed and we had the Coast Guard, police department, fire department. I think there were six, boats, seven boats taking care of us," said Dave Schneider, rescued boater.
Several sailboats run by the Chicago Sailing Company were on the lake at the time of the sudden storm. But all returned to the harbor safely. With volatile weather possibly on the heels of hot and humid temperatures, sailing company owner Alan Veenstra says boating safety is even more important.
"All bad weather comings from the west. So if you see the sky starting to get hazy or dark, start getting close to shore," said Veenstra, Chicago Sailing Co.
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