Local man loses boating privileges for two years

A man charged in a boat crash that injured a Grand Haven couple lost his boat operation privileges for two years when sentenced this morning in Holland District Court.
Becky Vargo
Jan 15, 2014


Steven Rescorla, 58, of Grand Haven, was also put on probation for 18 months and ordered not to drink alcohol and use any controlled substances during that time.

Judge Susan Jonas said he would also be responsible for restitution of costs incurred by his victims not covered by insurance.

Larry Baum and his wife, Barbara Ramoie, were fishing in Lake Michigan, a few hundred yards offshore near Port Sheldon when their 17-foot boat was struck by Rescorla's 36-foot speedboat on Sept. 1, 2013.

Ramoie was thrown from the boat and suffered a head injury. She was rescued from the water by her husband.

Baum said they are both still being treated for their head and back injuries from the crash.

Rescorla was charged with marine safety operating under the influence of alcohol following the crash.

Read the full story in Thursday's print and electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Barry Soetoro

Wow. That will really get him to think twice next time.


Well, at least they got the conviction, now they can sue him for damages and win. Good for the couple, I hope they recover fully. Especially after they get a $1M award he will think twice next time and pay attention to what he is doing.


Unbelievable. I suppose the loss of alcohol privileges will likely sting this individual. However, considering that the boat is, more generally, a vehicle, why not revoke all vehicle operation privileges for two years? Loss of driving might constitute an actual punishment that might affect him materially aside from loss of aquatic leisure and negligence. This presumes that jail is too severe.


Who does this guy know?


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