Firefighters rescue 3 after boat overturns in Hamlin Lake.

May 5, 2017


UPDATED: Firefighters rescue 3 after boat overturns in Hamlin Lake.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — Two adults and a child were rescued by firefighters from Hamlin Lake Friday afternoon after their 12-foot boat turned over in the rough lake. The three people were discovered by Linda Williams who lives in the 2800 block of North Lakeview Street in Tamarac Village.

The incident involved a 41-year-old Ludington man, a 24-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy.

“I got home and looked out my window and saw three people in the water hanging on to their boat,” Williams said. Williams immediately called 911; the boat was about 100 feet from the shore. Emergency personnel were dispatched at 1:37 p.m. 

Hamlin Township Fire Capt. Matt Bryant and firefighter/EMT Andy Larr used the department’s boat to rescue the three people from the water. Only the child was wearing a life jacket. Sheriff personnel said water temperature was likely around 40 degrees. 

The three were taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. The child was being airlifted to Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. 

The sheriff’s office’s Drug Recognition Expert was summoned to the hospital and the case remains under investigation as a criminal matter. Upon conclusion of the investigation a report will be forwarded to the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff Kim Cole said.

Responding to the scene were Hamlin Township Fire Department, Life EMS ambulance and Mason County Sheriff’s Office. An additional ambulance from Oceana EMS was initially called in to assist because there was only one Life EMS ambulance available at the time of the call. 

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