In a dramatic rescue Wednesday, two sailors clinging to a capsized boat in freezing Lake Michigan were saved by the Chicago Police Department's Marine Unit, MSNBC reports.
First spotted near Chicago's Montrose Harbor by Kris Habermehl who was in a helicopter overhead, Peter Kovats and his friend were seen being pounded by choppy waters as they desperately hung onto the side of Kovats' sailboat 'Peter Pan.'
Within minutes, a rescue boat arrived and divers pulled the two men, who were exhausted and suffering from hypothermia, to safety, CBS 2 reports.
According to WGN Radio, this was not 62-year-old Kovats' first brush with death as a sailor.
Last year, Kovats had been on the 'Peter Pan' with two friends celebrating his birthday when a storm capsized the boat, plunging the three men -- all sans life vests -- into the 40-degree water.
Kovats and his friend are being treated for hypothermia but are both in good condition.
Correction: This story has been amended to reflect that it was the Chicago Marine Police Unit that made the rescue.