16 rescued from out of control boat on Hamlin Lake.

June 6, 2021

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16 rescued from out of control boat on Hamlin Lake.

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — Emergency personnel rescued 16 people from an out of control pontoon boat on Hamlin Lake Saturday afternoon, June 5, 2021. The incident happened about 6 p.m. in the area known as the “Narrows”. The boat’s steering apparently failed, causing the boat to continually go in circles. High waves on the lake caused it to take on water.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Marine Deputy Mark Willis was able to come alongside the boat, board it and then disable it. The occupants were then transferred to a sheriff’s office boat and taken to a private residence. Though they were cold and wet, none were injured, Willis stated while communicating to Mason-Oceana 911 dispatch. All the passengers were wearing life jackets.

Emergency agencies responding including Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Hamlin Township Fire Department, and Life EMS.

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