ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people were hospitalized and one remained in critical condition the next day after a 16-foot pleasure boat and a Sea-Doo collided on Gun Lake.
It happened around 4 p.m. Saturday on the southeast side of the lake in Orangeville Township, according to the Barry County Sheriff’s Office.
The man on the Sea-Doo was knocked unconscious and thrown into the water in the crash, so the driver of the boat jumping in the water to get him. The Sea-Doo driver was wearing a life jacket, but the boat driver wasn’t and soon started to become exhausted. Several others got managed to get both men onto another boat and take them to shore.
The Sea-Doo driver, a 19-year-old from Grand Rapids, was hospitalized with head and face injuries. The boat driver, a 55-year-old from Hastings, was also taken to a Hastings hospital to be checked out due to other health conditions. Both were in stable condition Sunday.
At some point in the confusion, the wife of the boat driver also ended up in the water. People in another boat spotted her floating face-up and not breathing and pulled her onto their boat. They started rescue breaths until first responders could get to the boat to take over CPR.
The woman was rushed to the hospital and was in critical condition Sunday.
“The Barry County Sheriff’s Office and the families of the injured are grateful to the many citizens on Gun Lake who provided assistance. Lives were saved due to their heroic efforts,” authorities said in a Sunday release.
Authorities did not release the names of those involved at the request of family members.
The sheriff’s office Marine Division is still working to figure out how the woman ended up in the water. Anyone who may have seen what happened is asked to call them at 269.948.4801.