Tuesday, July 16, 2002

People leaping from bridges and other perils of piloting sightseeing boats:
What I'm leaving out of my little sidebar in the Tribune on Steve Borgstrom, vice president of Wendella Boat Tours on the Chicago River, are the more morbid aspects of his seemingly serene job:

I've put out fires, I've rescued overturned boats and pulled people out of the river--mostly suicidal. One time on the State Street bridge a guy didn't see us coming under him and almost went right through the glass. He missed us by a few feet and we pulled him out. Didn't thank us either. You kind of knew the guy wasn't serious, though. He had his clothes folded up on the sidewalk. If you're going to kill yourself, put the stuff on.

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