20 boats sunk, damaged in high winds

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At least 20 sailboats in the south end of Chicago’s Monroe Harbor were damaged or submerged in strong winds and high waves this week.

Boats began loosening up and breaking away from the harbor wall around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Chicago Police Marine Unit said they did what they could, but the water was so rough officials said they couldn't save the boats without putting themselves in danger.

By Thursday morning, sailboat masts were sticking out of the water, and life preservers, boat seats and even a bow of a boat were floating in a mass among sunken boats.

"We took about nine out of here this morning," said Sgt. Ray Mazzola of the Marine Unit, "and the rest are sunk on the bottom."

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