On September 5th, at 5:58 P.M. the Racine County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol received a distress call over the marine band radio for a 41 foot vessel on Lake Michigan that was taking on water. The caller stated he was North of the Wind Point light house about 4 miles off shore and taking on water from an unknown location faster than it could be pumped out. The operator advised he was headed to shore to beach the boat.
Racine County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol responded to the scene and found the above vessel beached then made contact with the caller/boat operator. The operator advised he and his three passengers were uninjured as a result of this incident. The operator launched a dingy from the swim platform and the occupants returned safely to shore.
Tow Boat US Kenosha responded to the scene and removed the vessel from shore where it was later removed from the water and inspected. An upper support bracket to the swim platform broke causing the weight of the swim platform to push the lower swim platform bracket through the hull which allowed water to enter the vessel.
The operator was a 70 year old male from Vernon Hills Illinois was traveling with his wife and two friends from Milwaukee to Racine when the incident occurred.