Boat hits south wall, 3 injured
Written by Ludington Daily News   
Friday, 14 August 2009 11:08
Three men went from boating on Lake Michigan to the hospital after the 17-foot boat they were on crashed into Ludington’s south breakwater Wednesday night.

The accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. and injured the boat’s owner, Christopher Foster, 48, of Custer, and passengers Russell Valentine, 52, of Pinckney, and Randy Culver, 51 of Hamburg.

Foster and Culver were treated at Memorial Medical Center and released, but Valentine was treated and then transferred to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon. He was listed in fair condition this morning.

 

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office reported Foster told police he did not see the pierhead until it was too late. Police also said there was alcohol on the 17-foot Skillcraft, but said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Dustin McClelland, boatswain’s mate second class at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Ludington, said the accident occurred about 10:10 p.m. — just after the Coast Guard towed another boat in to the Loomis Street boat launch.

“We were already in Loomis Street when we got the call,” McClelland said. “They were trying to come in under their own power.

We put them in a side tow and brought them in and noticed they needed medical attention,” he said, adding that the boat hit the pier “pretty hard” and the windshield was knocked off and the steering wheel was bent.

The sheriff’s office reported the accident is under investigation.

Assisting the sheriff’s office and Coast Guard Wednesday were the Ludington Police Department and Life EMS.

Wednesday was the second time a boat hit a Ludington breakwater this summer. The first occurred July 24 when a 17-and-a-half-foot Tracker Targa rammed the north breakwater and became stuck on the rocks.

 
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