At approximately 12:55 p.m., two kayakers were spotting in the river near Larrabee Street and Chicago Avenue.
Several minutes later, their kayaks were overturned near Wolf Point and the Chicago Police Marine Unit had to rescue the boaters from the hostile waters.
A third kayaker was snatched from the river north of Wolf Point, where the river crosses Halsted Street.
Preliminary reports indicated a total of four kayaks were in the river when the weather turned violent.
At the time of this report, officials were still in the process of making sure everyone was out of the water.
Citing police communications, the business that owns the kayaks, Kayak Chicago, may face fines for allowing the boaters to enter the water during the approaching storm.
If more details emerge, this article will be updated accordingly.
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UPDATE: 1:57 p.m. -- Police said everyone was accounted for and no injuries were reported.
UPDATE: 2:02 p.m. -- 61 people were in the water when the storm hit. The Chicago Marine Unit rescued 26 people and the Chicago Fire Department rescued 35.