Coast Guard, Mackinac Marine Rescue help four people thrown onto breakwall after boat crash
By TANDA GMITER | MLive.com | Published: July 28, 2020
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (Tribune News Service) — More details are being released on an overnight rescue effort in Mackinac Island’s Habor when a boat ran into a breakwall, ejecting all four occupants, who suffered major injuries.
The U.S. Coast Guard said medivac help was needed for all four people on the boat after the collision. The Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received a call about 11:30 p.m. Monday about a boat that had run into the harbor’s breakwall.
“The four occupants were thrown onto the breakwall after the (collision). Mackinac Marine Rescue and a response boat from Station St. Ignace responded to the scene to evaluate the condition of the victims. An MH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was also launched to the scene,” the Coast Guard said.
One person thrown from the boat was critically injured and had to be hoisted by the MH-60 helicopter and taken to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The three other victims were also taken to mainland hospitals, including Munson and McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. The Coast Guard described them as having “major” injuries.
The boat was hauled out of the water earlier Tuesday. There was no sign of any pollution near the breakwall, authorities said. The incident is being investigated by the Michigan DNR.
“It is important to be familiar with the area you are boating in, especially at night as it is harder to see hazards,” said Captain Amy Florentino, deputy sector commander. “As always, we are grateful for our rescue partners and the assistance they provide. In this case, Mackinac Marine Rescue was able to maneuver their vessel close to the breakwall, which allowed first responders to access and treat the victims as quickly as possible.”