Two Evanston residents were pulled from Lake Michigan waters south of Dempster Street Tuesday afternoon after their boat was hit by a "rogue wave," capsizing the vessel into the water.reported a "rogue wave" in Lake Michigan. That itself is newsworthy. Of course my immediate question is "What kind of rogue wave?"
Evanston fire rescue personnel teamed with members of the city Parks and Recreation department and U.S. Coast Guard, pulling the couple, a 66-year-old male, and 47-year-old female, to safety, said Evanston Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky.
Berkowsky said the victims were pulled from the water about a half mile out. He said they were then placed on the Coast Guard boat and then taken to the Coast Guard's station in Wilmette Harbor.That certainly answered my question. "A large wave took them by surprise" clearly signified the stipulation that a freaque wave was encountered.
Both boaters were evaluated by Wilmette Fire paramedics and then released, he said.
Berkowsky described the boaters, who were not identified, as experienced. He said the boaters said their boat was capsized when hit with what they described as a "rogue wave, a large wave which basically took them by surprise and rolled the boat over."
So it reminds us again that a freaque wave can happen any place, any time with no advance warning to take us by surprise. But we are still don't have any notion of what, where, when, how or why it occurs!