• 5 people rescued during Chicago Yacht Club race to Mackinac

    5 people rescued during Chicago Yacht Club race to Mackinac

    CHI-Mac Tracker

    CLEVELAND — Five people were rescued in two separate cases during the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Sunday on Lake Michigan.

    One person was rescued by a good Samaritan after falling overboard during the race and four people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their sailing vessel capsized during the race.

    The first case took place shortly after midnight local time, approximately 40 miles east of Port Washington, Wisconsin. The person was wearing a life jacket and a personal locator beacon and was in good condition despite being in the water for over an hour. The good Samaritan who rescued the person was also competing in the race.

    In the second case, three red flares were reported by a good Samaritan approximately 30 miles east of Fox Point, Wisconsin, shortly after 1 a.m local time. The good Samaritan, who was a part of the race, arrived on the scene of the flare's origin and reported that the vessel had capsized and four people were on top of the vessel's hull. The good Samaritan was unable to render assistance due to weather conditions.

    The vessel had capsized due to a series of 35 mile-per-hour winds that shifted from the south to the northwest very quickly. Only two of the four people on the vessel's hull were wearing life jackets. They did have an electronic position indicating radio beacon and flares.

    The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, which was near to assist in cases of distress, and an Air Facility Waukegan MH-65 helicopter crew was diverted and arrived on scene simultaneously. The MH-65 helicopter hovered over the distressed vessel and provided assistance with their spotlight while a small boat from the Biscayne Bay rescued the four people and transferred them to the cutter.

    All four people were reported to be in good condition and did not require medical attention.

    The Coast Guard strongly recommends boaters wear their life jacket at all times while underway in case of unexpected weather conditions. Additionally, a personal locater beacon and signaling devices, like flares, can greatly reduce search time and increase rescue probability.



    Coast Guard urges caution on Lake Michigan due to weather conditions

    CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is urging caution at Illinois, Indiana and Michigan beaches along Lake Michigan due to hazardous weather conditions, Sunday.

    Life threatening waves up to eight feet and winds up to 25 miles-per-hour causing strong rip currents are expected today and through the night.

    A beach hazards statement with high-risk swim conditions at beaches all along western, southern, and eastern Lake Michigan is in effect through Monday morning. People visiting the beach should stay out of the water while the beach hazards statement remains in effect.

    People are also advised to stay off of rocks, jetties and piers as high waves and heavy surfs can unexpectedly sweep a person off of structures and into the water.

    Although hazardous conditions are expected to subside Sunday night into Monday, it can take an additional day for the lake conditions to calm.


    I have some news to share. The boat High Priority 2, in the multi-hull fleet, capsized late Saturday night. All 4 on board were rescued via small boat launched from the Cutter Biscayne Bay and are safe.
    Thanks to our friends in the Coast Guard and thanks to the other racers who came to assist. From the tracker, boats standing by included Dark Horse, Abbie Normal, Tide the Knot and Timberwolf. All of these boats appear to have resumed racing based on the tracker.
    We'll know more in the morning but the tracker also suggests that several boats not involved in this incident are headed to shore and may be withdrawing, so there must have been some breeze on the racing fleet overnight. I expect those boats that do end up withdrawing will be giving us more information later when they reach shore.
    Speak to you all in a few hours.

    The capsized vessel, Corsair 31 High Priority2

    Owner David Shneider from East Lansing Michigan
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