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Coast Guard stops illegal passenger vessel operating on Lake Michigan

Boarding officers from Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor prepare to approach a boat operator on Lake Michigan to ensure there are enough life jackets onboard for each passenger, August 18, 2018.

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By BRANDON CHAMPION | MLive.com, Walker, Mich. | Published: June 29, 2019

CHICAGO (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Coast Guard has terminated the operation of an illegal passenger vessel on Lake Michigan near Chicago.

The vessel, Another Dream, was found to be operating as an illegal 13-passenger charter for hire without required documentation, had a captain without proper credentials and had expired visual distress signals, despite previous warnings by the Coast Guard, the military said.

Another Dream was previously served with a Captain of the Port order in 2018. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources assisted the Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor with investigating the vessel in Monroe Harbor.

The Coast Guard says it is committed to ensuring all commercial boats carrying passengers meet federal safety standards.

On Dec. 20, 1993, the Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993 established for the first time the definition of a passenger for hire and required many vessels operating as a charter to be inspected by the Coast Guard as a commercial passenger vessel.

Anyone concerned about the status of a boat they would like to hire, charter or rent, or if they are aware of an illegal passenger vessel operation, can contact Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago's Inspections Division at SMBMSUChicago@uscg.mil or call (630) 986-2155.

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