Many unanswered questions still remain about what went wrong.
For now, all Gary’s parents can do is watch as they wait for searchers to find their missing son.
“We’re still hopeful and still prayerful. We’re still hopeful,” said cousin Greg Gary.
The search for the 21-year-old resumed Saturday, just a day after Gary disappeared while boating on with friends.
A Chicago Police Department Marine Unit, along with fire department divers, used side sonar to conduct a grid search about a half mile east of Burnham Harbor.
“The boating community is unique. When one of theirs gets hurt, they step up and help any way they can,” said Sgt. Van Vranken.
As the search effort moved toward a recovery effort, authorities were still looking into what exactly happened. The two women who were on the boat were eventually rescued by three fisherman. They tell investigators the trouble began when the group decided to go swimming around 2 a.m. Friday morning, and their craft simply floated away.
No one in the group was wearing a lifejacket.
Both women say they treaded water for nearly four hours before being plucked from the lake.
The missing man’s relatives say Christopher Gary gave his life to make sure they survived.
“Christopher was helping her to hold her head up above the water for most of the time,” Greg Gary said.
The body of another boater, James Shepherd, was found several hours later. An accomplished sailor who had been sailing since the age of 8, Shepherd took the group out on his grandfather’s boat. After Shepherd’s body was recovered near the 63rd Street shoreline, the boat called “Joan’s Arc” remained docked Saturday.
Meanwhile, Christopher Gary is being remembered as an aspiring artist whom friends say was talented and generous. He was a high school graduate who planned to enroll in art school in San Francisco in the fall.
ABC7 is told the women who were rescued remained hospitalized in good condition Saturday.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
3 7 7
his primary challenge (CG) and how he obtained/lost his heart’s desire (CY) both = 37 = Boat. Boating. Swimming.