Crew members escape and swim to shore
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responded to the capsizing of a tug on the Calumet River near the 106th St. Bridge in Chicago in which two crew members were able to escape and swim to shore.
The USCG is not releasing the names of those involved.
Shortly after 7 p.m., two crew members on board the 57-foot tug, Bonnie G. Selvick, attempted to turn the vessel around while transiting south on the Calumet River. During the process, the vessel rolled over, began taking on water and sank within minutes. The two crew members escaped and swam to shore.
One of the crew member contacted watchstanders at USCG Sector Lake Michigan with a marine band radio on channel 16. Watchstanders directed the launch of a crew on board 25-foot response boat from USCG Station Calumet Harbor.
Once on scene, the USCG crew confirmed that all crew members were accounted for and that there were no injuries.
Personnel from USCG Marine Safety Unit Chicago are determining if there is any pollution in the water from the vessel, and beginning an investigation into the cause of the incident.
Initial reports indicate that the vessel is not blocking other vessel traffic on the river. The USCG will determine if a safety zone is needed around the vessel until a salvage crew arrives Thursday.
Source and Image Credit: USCG