Boat hits breakwall near Chicago's Navy Pier
Chicago’s Coast Guard responded to a boat accident Sunday morning after the boat hit a breakwall the night before.
The 22-foot recreational boat had three passengers in it and was off Calumet Park in Lake Michigan when it happened.
The Coast Guard has not released the names the of people involved in the accident but they say there are no injuries.
The rescue crew arrived on scene and found the boat on the breakwall and the three passengers, two women and one man, standing on the breakwall.
The passengers were returning from watching Navy Pier fireworks Saturday night.
They had been following the shoreline when they collided with the breakwall.
None of them had an operable cell phone and the boat did not contain a marine radio to call for help at the time of the incident.
A passerby called officials for help.
During a search and rescue boarding by the Coast Guard, the owner of the boat was cited for not having registration, a fire extinguisher, or emergency flares on the boat.
The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters to cautious and to make sure they have proper emergency equipment before operating a boat and to wear life jackets at all times.
Boaters can ensure their vessel is up to date with the required equipment by getting a free vessel safety check by members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Contact your nearest marina or visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website at http://cgaux.org/