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Five Rescued After Running Aground in Lake Calumet

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The Coast Guard assisted two adults and three children between the ages of 11 and 16 back to safety Thursday afternoon after their boat ran aground in Lake Calumet. Just before 4-o'clock a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor answered a phone call from the operator of the 36-foot vessel. Due to the shallow water in Lake Calumet, the 25-foot response boat stopped at the mouth of the Calumet River and the lake , and two rescue crew members approached the stranded boaters with a 7-foot skiff propelled by a portable outboard motor, making three separate trips to rescue the boaters, who were then transported to Sunset Bay Marina, which is about ten miles northwest of Hammond.
“This was one of many similar cases this boating season that we used this rescue approach to reach stranded boaters in Lake Calumet,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Palmer, the officer of the day for Station Calumet Harbor. “We encourage all boaters to make sure they are aware of proper navigational channels in this area, and to be sure they follow navigational charts.”


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