3 hurt when boat washes up on breakwater at Pere Marquette in Muskegon

This boat washed up on the Muskegon breakwater last night.

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A boat washed up on the Muskegon breakwater late Saturday night and was being removed later Sunday.

Muskegon police chief Jeff Lewis told FOX 17 that the incident occurred at 10:45 p.m. Saturday when a cruiser missed the Muskegon channel opening and struck the south pier head.

He said the boat had seven occupants, three of whom were injured. Lewis said all seven were extricated by fire and police without incident.

According to the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard stations in Grand Haven and Muskegon, the boat was a motorized cabin cruiser that washed up on the breakwater near the Muskegon channel and Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.

They said the boat washed up accidentally.

The boat was being removed by a salvage company Sunday afternoon.

The cause of the washup is unknown. The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

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4 comments

  • C

    Accidentally? I doubt it. I’m guessing “operator error” would be closer to the truth, and impaired operator would be real close.

  • Chris G

    I motored past the boat coming back from Grand Haven this morning. The boat didn’t “wash up accidentally,” it was a clear case of hitting the rocks under power. It would have taken a good deal of speed to get that high onto the breakwater. This was either negligence or substance-induced….or both. I’m betting on the latter.

  • Dano

    Best to not power your boat up onto the breakwater AT SPEED! Muskegon has an outer breakwater and in inner breakwater. YA GOTTA KNOW THE TERRITORY! Stupid is not an option.

  • SGT

    I would love to see the toxicology report on this driver. Is he being charged with reckless driving resulting in injury? Anyone who knows how to boat understands the rule of Red Right Return, meaning keep the red lights on your right side when going inland. Also, the boating rules state that you should go no faster than “slow, No-wake” speed after sunset. Another violation. This driver needs more than a slap on the wrist for this little fiasco. Luckily, he didn’t kill anyone.

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