The eight people injured after their boat struck a breakwall on Lake Michigan at Calumet Harbor Sunday evening were treated and released from area hospitals as investigators determine the cause of the crash, Indiana officials said today.
The eight people, who included 6 adults and 5 children, were on the boat with an additional three people when the collision occurred shortly before 11 p.m., said Gene Davis, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources which is investigating the crash. The three other people refused medical attention, officials said.
The boat had left the Hammond Marina earlier in the day and had been at the Lakefront until they decided to return to Indiana later that evening, said Davis. The driver of the boat believed that they were clear to cross through a gap in the breakwall but struck the wall, said Davis.
After hitting the wall, the boat was left with a large hole and the boat quickly began taking in water, said Davis. People on the boat sent out a Mayday radio call and U.S. Coast Guard officials responded to the boat which at crashed near their Calumet Harbor station.
Luckily, the people on board all had life-vests on and were able to cling to the breakwall as the boat took in water and began sinking. By the time the people were rescued the bow of the boat was sticking straight up out of the water, said Davis.
Officials are trying to determine if the boat was going beyond the 10 mile per hour speed limit posted for that area, Davis said. Officials said there is no indication that alcohol played a factor in the accident.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun