Guilty plea in boater crash case

A Grand Haven man has changed his plea to guilty on charges connected to a September boat crash that injured two other Grand Haven residents.
Becky Vargo
Dec 13, 2013

Steven Jay Rescorla, 58, now faces sentencing, rather than a trial, on a misdemeanor charge of marine safety/operating under the influence of alcohol.

Rescorla, 14945 Mercury Drive, faces up to 93 days in jail, and/or a fine of $100 to $500 fine, and/or 45 days of community service. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Ottawa County District Judge Susan Jonas on Jan. 7.

In addition, Rescorla's boat operation privileges will be suspended for at least one year to a maximum of life. He may also be ordered to reimburse the governmental units for the costs of the emergency response, according to a spokesperson from the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office.

Rescorla was the operator of a 36-foot powerboat that crashed into an anchored 17-foot fishing boat at about 6 p.m. Sept. 1 in Lake Michigan, near the Port Sheldon pier. The jolt from the collision launched 58-year-old Barbara Ramoie off the bow of the fishing boat that she shared with her husband, Larry Baum. Baum was thrown side to side.

Both of the victims were injured, but Baum was able to pull his wife out of the water.

Ramoie was taken to shore in an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department marine patrol boat as Baum maneuvered his damaged vessel to shore.

Ramoie suffered a head injury, and said she still has some problems with her memory and headaches.

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Damn, really threw the book at the this guy.


What? Too harsh??


Driving Drunk is serious whether your driving a vehicle or a pleasure boat especially when someone is injured or killed. He's lucky !!

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