Chicago organization teaches boat safety in wake of deadly 2022

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Capt. Jon Meyer of Boat Safe Chicago Photo credit Mike Krauser

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Boaters will be on the water over the holiday weekend, and a new organization has been helping some of them prepare with safety classes.

Boat Safe Chicago follows in the wake of a problematic 2022: 44 deaths on Lake Michigan and more than 3,000 police and fire calls for service.

The organization has safety-trained nearly 200 people from “every walk of life,” says Master Capt. Jon Meyer, one of the organization’s founders.

The courses, for all experience levels, range from 101-level water safety classes to the fine points of chartering.

Meyer said a major factor in boat accidents or incidents is alcohol. Having a sober captain is essential, he said.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Mike Krauser