Coast Guard rescues 3 people after boat explosion near Michigan City

29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people from the water after a boat explosion occurred on a 30-foot barge that knocked them into the water near Washington Park Marina in Michigan City, Indiana, Friday.

The port authority barge was inbound from retrieving no-wake buoys when an explosion occurred and was reported to the Coast Guard at 2:30 p.m. by a good Samaritan who witnessed it.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan diverted a Coast Guard Auxiliary crew to the scene and launched a Coast Guard Station Michigan City 29-Foot Response Boat-Small crew, which arrived on scene, rescued the three people from the water, and transported them to local emergency medical services.

All three people were wearing lifejackets.

Coast Guard personnel stayed on scene to mitigate the impact of any potential pollution.

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