16 rescued from burning boat near Oak Street Beach

SHARE 16 rescued from burning boat near Oak Street Beach

A fire broke out on a boat near Oak Street Beach Saturday afternoon, prompting the rescue of 16 people.

All occupants refused medical treatment, said Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

The fire started about 2:30 p.m. in the engine area of the boat, fire officials said.

“They sent a Mayday out to the marina; the Chicago Fire Department heard it, the Coast Guard heard it,” Langford said. “And a rescue commenced. The Coast Guard got there first and took them off.”

Langford added the boat suffered substantial damage and that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The boat was later towed by a private company to harbor, Langford said.

The Latest
The boy was in the 10500 block of South Yates Avenue when someone drove up and opened fire, Chicago police said.
Deandre Norels Jr., 20, is charged in the Nov. 11 killing of William McGee, 18.
Stalock has played in just one NHL game since learning in November 2020 that COVID-19 had caused swelling in his heart. But with the Hawks this season, he’s hoping to become one of hockey’s best comeback stories.
The man, 67, was found on the floor of the apartment after firefighters extinguished the fire, police said.
Police later located five teens inside a suspect’s crashed car.