Chicago, IL Excursion Steamer FAVORITE Capsizes, Jul 1927

Twenty-one bodies were recovered before the steamer was raised.
The five members of the crew escaped and these, all experienced sailors, saved many from drowning by tossing life preservers and rafts to them. The ship's two life boats also were unleashed and into these clambered some survivors.

Word of the tragedy sped along the lake front and small boats put out to the rescue.

First to reach the scene was the "Doris." HOFNAUER and his companions saved a number of persons.

Today a triple inquiry was under way. One was an inquest, the others by HUGHES, chief of police and State's Attorney CROWE. OLSON and his crew were arrested.

The "Favorite" was a gasoline launch 64 feet long and 14 feet wide with double decks. It carried but one life boat, and in this three small boys were taken to shore, but it carried a stock of life preservers which Captain OLSEN said he threw into the water, and to which some of the passengers clung.

The squall caught scores of boats on the lake and at first it was reported that several boats had upset. Later, however, it was found that the only other casualty was a small speed boat and the occupants of this boat swam to shore.

MISS OPAL HELTON, of Hugo, Okla., a passenger, rescued four children. When the boat capsized and she was plunged into the water, MISS HELTON held her breath. When she came to the surface, three small boys and a 10-year-old-daughter of the captain of the boat were struggling near her. She grabbed them separately, and aided them to the side of the boat, which had righted itself. After her heroic rescue MISS HELTON was on the verge of collapse.

JOHNNY WEISSMUELLER, national swimming champion was bathing near the scene of the accident and soon after the boat capsized began diving for bodies. He brought several to the surface, they being taken to the beach for resuscitation.

Small craft, with their burden of victims, still were coming in to shore along a two-mile strip of beach two hours after the accident. More than fifty boats hurried to the scene of the disaster.

Scores of doctors and nurses worked frantically along the shore line over the victim's bodies and for many of them entertained virtually no hope of resuscitation.

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