PORT SHELDON, Mich. (WOOD) — A buoycam often featured on 24 Hour News 8 will be out of commission for a little while.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says a boater looking for the Port Sheldon buoy accidentally struck it with his stern drive around 10 p.m. Saturday. It was dark and foggy at the time.
The crash broke the mast section of the buoy, on which the camera is attached. Tuesday, the camera was under water.
Limnotech — which owns the buoy and with which 24 Hour News 8 partners to use it — said the damage is estimated at about $20,000.
The boater called authorities to let them know about the incident, so Limnotech will work with the boater’s insurance company to pay for repairs.
The boater’s outdrive was also wrecked in the collision. That won’t be a cheap fix, either.
The buoycam could be back in service next week, Limnotech said.
It often captures beautiful images of the sun setting over Lake Michigan, and shows how rough the water in the area is.
Additionally, a brand new buoy cam will be launched near South Haven this week. That will be available to 24 Hour News 8 in the meantime.