Coast Guard, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Assists 5 From Sinking Vessel in Grand River

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard and an Ottawa County Sheriff Marine Unit assisted five people from a 20-foot pleasure craft that was taking on water in the Grand River near Grand Haven, Michigan, Sunday afternoon.

Just after 3:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, were notified by a Coast Guard Station Grand Haven crew that a 20-foot vessel, with five people aboard, was tied off to the breakwall and taking on water in the Grand River. The crew, aboard a 47-foot response boat, responded to the incident after being flagged down by a crew aboard a Sheriff’s Marine Unit boat.

A Coast Guard crew member was transferred onto the vessel with a dewatering pump and began dewatering efforts. The Sheriff’s crew then took the pleasure craft in a side-tow to the Grand Haven Municipal Boat Ramp, where the vessel was safely moored.

Following a post-case inspection, the vessel was then trailered to determine the cause of the flooding.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution.

“Just like wearing a life jacket, a routine vessel inspection is a must each and every time you leave the dock,” said Mike Baron, the recreation boating safety specialist with the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland. “Even fresh water can take a toll on parts of your boat.”

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