Boat collision injures Grand Haven woman

A Grand Haven woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries when two boats collided Sunday evening near the Port Sheldon pier.
Becky Vargo
Sep 2, 2013


Barbara Ramoie, 58, was thrown from the smaller boat and suffered a head injury. An ambulance transported her to North Ottawa Community Hospital. Her condition was not available Monday night.

Ramoie was a passenger on a 17-foot Starcraft, which was anchored in Lake Michigan south of the  Port Sheldon pier, according to Sgt. Chris Koster of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Larry Baum, 57, of Grand Haven, was also on the boat. He was not injured.

Police said the crash occurred just after 6 p.m. Sunday when a 36-foot boat piloted by Steven Rescorla, 58, also of Grand Haven, had a mechanical failure.

Rescorla turned to look at the engine compartment, turned back and saw the anchored boat in front of him.

He was unable to turn out of the way because of the mechanical problem, Koster said.



It wasn't this clown was it? (Police boat recently hitting two others and sinking one):


Grabbing another Budwiser out of the cooler hardly qualifies as a "mechanical problem"


If you had gotten that beer for him DeltaBravo the accident would not have happened! Be more considerate next time!

Signal Maintainer... That was the funniest reply I have ever seen!!!


With a line of sight of appx. 3 miles, I doubt he glanced away- then saw the anchored boat. Please be careful out there mariners....


In this case,saying "when two boats collided", is like saying "the car and the bridge abutement collided"! Not really appropriate. One boat ran over an anchored stationary vessel.
Perhaps, if you are having a "mechanical failure", such that it affects the steering of your vessel, you may want to pull back on those throttle levers to begin with!


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