Sunfish Sailor Missing in Lake Michigan

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  1. Bearadise

    Bearadise LifeLong Newbie

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    Coast Guard Searching For Missing Boater

    Mike Krauser Reporting
    CHICAGO (WBBM) -- Coast Guard crews are searching a huge area in Lake Michigan off Miller Beach, for a missing sailor who has not been heard from since Wednesday.

    Gary dentist Steven Banks was in a small boat, his wife says, "its a sunfish, yeah, its just a one-man sailboat."

    Crews located the sail boat several miles off Gary last night, unmanned.

    He was wearing a wet suit, she says, to keep warm and for buoyancy, because the small boat tips over a lot.

    "That could be the thing that saves him, the fact that he's got a wet suit on. yes, so I'm hoping. They're continuing the search today. They have Jets and helicopters and boats and people on the ground and I'm just hoping, " Mrs. Banks told Newsradio 780.

    Coast Guard petty officer Bill Colclough says, "They'll be searching an area roughly the size of Los Angeles. Its roughly 500 square miles. Its an extremely large area."

    His wife says Banks is a very good swimmer, and a scuba diver, "If somebody would stay afloat for two days, it could be him."
     
  2. Wayne

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    I hope he's found ok...
     
  3. Bearadise

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    Not a good ending. Unfortunately, they found the Doctor's body on an Indiana beach late Saturday.

    He was still wearing his life jacket and was an avid boater and accomplished scuba diver, so it sure makes one wonder what happened.

    Also from southern Lake Michigan this month:
    Man hit by sailboat boom, critically injured
    August 16, 2009 5:01 PM | 13 Comments
    A boater was taken to a Chicago hospital in critical condition this afternoon after being struck on the head by swinging boom on a sailboat in Lake Michigan.


    Being on the water can sure turn from fun to tragic in a hurry, can't it?
     
  4. Wayne

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    Sorry to hear the news...

    Looking at the weather for Indiana Dunes on Wednesday it appears to have been bordering on severe storms, wind 14 gusting to 23 and a T-storm developing around 6 pm. Just south of Gary, IN massive storm activity was causing flooding while tornados were tearing through Illinois and Indiana on a line just south of the tip of Lake Michigan. Pretty volatile and unstable weather to be going out sailing on the lake.
     
  5. BigDouggieDoug

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    So sorry to hear. RIP.
     
  6. Wayne

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    Zuma Sailor's Obituary
    (re-post from the Zuma Sailing Forum)

     

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