Chicago Police Rescue 62 Kayakers

Tour companies cited for negligence

Caty Enders

Chicago police and firefighter crews rescued over 60 kayakers from the North Branch of the Chicago River over the weekend when a sudden afternoon storm produced winds as high as 100 miles per hour. Two tour groups of mostly novice kayakers were pulled from the water after about thirty boats flipped in the high winds. “The children were screaming for help,” Near North District Officer David Ramos said. “Many people could have gotten hurt. Thank God they didn’t.” Tour companies Wateriders Kayak Tours and Kayak Chicago were handed municipal citations for ignoring weather advisories.

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