No One Injured When Boat Slams Into Breakwall In Lake Michigan

CHICAGO (CBS) — No one was hurt when a boat crashed into a breakwall on Lake Michigan Sunday night, but the skipper received a ticket from police.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, before midnight Sunday night, a 32-foot pleasure boat with seven people on board rammed the breakwall about half a mile offshore in Lake Michigan at 98th Street.

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Luckily, the accident happened within sighting distance not only of the Calumet Harbor Coast Guard rescue unit, but also of the 95th Street heliport that hosts the Chicago Fire Department Air-Sea Rescue Unit.

The seven people on board were all standing on the breakwall when rescue crews arrived. They were wet and scared, but uninjured.

The boaters were taken to shore and checked out by the Fire Department before being released.

The man piloting the boat — Mark Jandura, 27, of Palos Hills — was ticketed by Chicago Police for careless operation of a boat.

Authorities earlier said alcohol might have been a factor in the crash.

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