Good Samaritan, Coast Guard rescue 4 after boat strikes buoy

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Saginaw, Mich., worked with a good Samaritan to rescue four people after their speedboat struck a buoy in Saginaw Bay Channel in Lake Huron Saturday night.

A good Samaritan on a nearby boat pulled the two women and two men out of the water after the accident and called 911 to report it.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Saginaw immediately launched aboard the station’s 24-foot Shallow Water Craft and got on scene with the good Samaritan at 8:05 p.m. The boatcrew transferred all four people from the good Samaritan’s vessel to the SWC. The Coast Guardsmen reported one person had a severe head laceration and another was mildly hypothermic. None of them were wearing lifejackets.

The boatcrew brought the mariners to the Department of Natural Resources boat launch near the Bay City Yacht Club in Bay City, Mich., where emergency medical technicians were waiting. EMTs evaluated all four people and released three. They transported the man with the head laceration to a local hospital for treatment.

The boaters estimated they were traveling about 35 mph when their 30-foot speedboat crashed into the buoy.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to be familiar with the areas in which they operate, especially in times of low light or limited visibility, and to use nautical charts as reference while boating. Boaters should also operate a speeds that allow for ample reaction time to avoid accidents.

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