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GH boat captain pleads innocent to summer crash

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Steven Jay Rescorla, 58, was charged with operating a watercraft while intoxicated as the result of a crash that left two other Grand Haven residents injured. Court papers indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 or more.

The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $500 and up to 45 days of community service. The court could also suspend his privilege to operate a watercraft for one year.

Judge Susan Jonas noted that the conditions of Rescorla's $100 bond are to not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances.

Police said Rescorla’s 36-foot powerboat crashed into an anchored 17-foot fishing boat at about 6 p.m. Sept. 2. The jolt launched 58-year-old Barbara Ramoie off the bow of the fishing boat she shared with her husband, Larry Baum. Baum was thrown from side to side by the impact.

“It was like a horror story, but it was real life,” Baum said after the arraignment on Tuesday.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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