Detroit-built technology aims to change the game in sailboat racing
DETROIT – Racing sailboats is a niche sport, but it’s popular here in the Great Lakes state. A new technology -- developed locally in the Motor City -- is a finalist for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. Several local sailboat enthusiasts wanted to reduce the environmental impact of the sport and came up with a new technology that has them in the running for a big prize. “When we were selected, it was a pretty powerful moment for the whole team,” said Kevin Morin. Morin, along with 10 others, invented the MarkSetBot -- a done that hovers in the water and acts as a marker during sailboat races.
4 people injured when boat explodes at Detroit’s Riverside Marina
DETROIT – Four people are hospitalized after a boat exploded Thursday on Detroit’s east side. The incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. at a Marathon fuel pump at the Riverside Marina while the boaters were refueling. At some point, the boat caught fire before it exploded. Two men and two woman were onboard and were rushed to the hospital. The four people have burns to their legs and feet.
Police: 16-year-old dies after jumping off moving boat on Mandon Lake
WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 16-year-old girl is dead after jumping off of a pontoon boat while it was still moving Monday on Mandon Lake in White Lake Township, police said. Police said the teen was on her friend’s boat when she jumped off the back while it was still moving. Family members have identified her as Nicole Shoup. Although police believe Shoup jumped off the boat, family members say there is no way she would have done that while the boat was moving. Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit will report more information as it becomes available.
Family rescues dog nearly 4 miles offshore in Lake Michigan
FRANKFORT, Mich. – A dog treading water nearly four miles offshore in Lake Michigan has been rescued by a family out on a boating trip. The family was able to have the dog scanned for a microchip. The owners later were located and reunited with their dog. “I just hope that if this was my dog, somebody would do the same for me,” Wilcox said. “I would just be very grateful, happy because I know how rough Lake Michigan can be.”
16th annual Raft Off event on Lake St. Clair held despite pandemic
Large crowds gathered Saturday on Lake St. Clair despite the order banning large outdoor gatherings. It was Raft Off 2020, an event held by the same group that hosts Jobbie Nooner -- another large boating event that was held normally this year despite an increase in coronavirus cases at the time. Aug. 8, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 86,889; Death toll now at 6,250Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a ban on outdoor event with more than 250 people. As of Aug. 8, St. Clair County has 684 confirmed coronavirus cases and Macomb County has 9,976.
10 people sickened by carbon monoxide on Lake Michigan boat
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. – Ten people aboard a boat on Lake Michigan were sickened after exposure to carbon monoxide, authorities in Michigan said Saturday. Authorities received a distress call from the captain of the 32-foot boat that was traveling in Michigan from St. Joseph to South Haven around 2:45 p.m. The boat was intercepted near the South Haven pier. Authorities said all ten people were evaluated and treated at a hospital. Several law enforcement agencies responded including the Van Buren County Sheriff’s office and South Haven Area Emergency Services.
Police: 2 brothers electrocuted when sailboat hit power line in Michigan
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. – Police in southwestern Michigan said two brothers who were electrocuted when the mast of the sailboat they were moving hit a power line were in stable condition Sunday at an Indiana hospital. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said the brothers were transported to a hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The men, ages 31 and 19, were accidentally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in LaGrange Township while moving a sailboat. The mast struck a power line running to a house, according to authorities. They were transported by ambulance and helicopter to the hospital.
Michigan officials: Boat at bottom of Grand Traverse bay must be removed
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. A sunken boat must be removed from the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan, according to state officials. Federal and state authorities said Thursday they are working to arrange the salvage operation for the 33-foot-long vessel that sank last month, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy spokesman Nick Assendelft said officials dont want that left in the water.The boat took on water June 19 and sank. The boats owner, Todd Elsenheimer, said he has insurance on the lake cruiser and his plan all along has been to remove it from the bay. The sunken boat continues to be monitored and it does not appear any of the 70 gallons of fuel believed to be on board has leaked, according to the Coast Guard.
Annual Jobbie Nooner boat party happening Friday despite pandemic
Lake St. Clair’s infamous Jobbie Nooner is still on for Friday despite a recent increase in Michigan’s coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and hospitalizations. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Prevention & TreatmentThere is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Hundreds take part in Michigan boat parade to celebrate Trumps 74th birthday
DETROIT Supporters of President Donald Trump took part in boating parades around the country this weekend in celebration of his 74th birthday. Trumps birthday is Sunday and falls on Flag Day. Michigan community holding boat parade to celebrate Trump's birthdayhttps://t.co/RrFwfl9k3q pic.twitter.com/ezH451qbXk Jeanie Smith (@JeanieSmithKSDK) June 9, 2020Hundreds took part in the celebration Saturday including members of the Michigan Trump Republicans 2020, Michigan Conservative Coalition and local Trump supporters. Beautiful day at the MAGA boat parade, celebrating President Trumps Birthday! Thanks to the Michigan Conservative Coalition, Michigan Trump Republicans 2020, and Sherman Rogers for organizing.
46th annual Jobbie Nooner boat party to happen amid coronavirus pandemic
Lake St. Clairs infamous annual Jobbie Nooner is expected to carry on as usual this June amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Jobbie Nooner will celebrate its 46th annual event this year, according to event advocates, which typically attracts thousands of boaters each year. READ MORE: Reopening Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemicHow COVID-19 SpreadsPerson-to-person spreadThe virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.
Ann Arbor liveries reopen to the public
ANN ARBOR Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation announced Friday the reopening of its Argo and Gallup liveries to the public. According to Ann Arbor Parks and Rec, reserving boats ahead of time will allow for staff to ensure a safe environment with a limited amount of boaters. The Argo livery is at 1055 Longshore Drive and can be reached at 734-794-6241. The Gallup livery is at 3000 Fuller Road and can be reached at 734-794-6240. City of Ann Arbor seeks input as it mulls opening streets to promote safe distancingBriarwood Mall in Ann Arbor reopens with enhanced safety protocols
Downriver marina opens ahead of Memorial Day weekend with new safety precautions
TRENTON, Mich. A downriver marina reopened for boaters ahead of Memorial Day, but its not business as usual. Elizabeth Park Marina in Trenton is taking precautions to keep boaters safe after weeks of being closed due to COVID-19. About half of the 52 docks at the marina are available and boaters are encouraged to stagger launch times, but there was a long line to put boats in Saturday afternoon. Well take care of that and keep pushing forward.The marina will staff a limited amount of employees who have undergone training to keep things safe. Boaters are asked to wear masks when available, wash their hands frequently and to be conscious of themselves and others.
Body of missing Downriver boy who disappeared during fishing trip found in Huron River
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. – The body of a 6-year-old boy who was missing after a fishing trip with his father last month was found Friday, police said. A relative who was looking for Jaxon Oaks found a body in the Huron River. The body was identified as Jaxon after authorities pulled him from the water. Jaxon and his father, Justin Oaks, 29, left their home at about 9:45 a.m. on March 29 and launched their boat from the Downriver Marina and Campground in South Rockwood. and Justin Oaks’ body was found April 13 near the moth of Lake Erie
Revised Michigan order allows golfing, boating while maintaining social distancing
A revision to Michigan’s stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 pandemic now allows residents to leave homes to go boating or golfing. Social distancing is our best weapon to defeat this enemy,” reads a statement from Whitmer. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. People won’t have to wear face coverings when they’re taking a walk in the neighborhood, but when they go to the grocery store, they should be wearing one. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing.
Body of Downriver father missing after fishing trip found; son still missing
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. – The body of a father from the Downriver area, who went missing during a fishing trip with his son more than two weeks ago, has been discovered. UPDATE: Body of missing Downriver boy who disappeared during fishing trip found in Huron RiverJustin Oaks, 29, and his son, Jaxon, 6, left their home at about 9:45 a.m. on March 29 and launched their boat from the Downriver Marina and Campground in South Rockwood. Members of the Downriver Dive Team assembled and recovered the body from the river. The body was positively identified as Justin Oaks. Jaxon Oaks is still missing and is described as about 4 feet, 5 inches tall.
Search for missing father, son continues after boat pulled from Huron River a week after pair disappeared
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. – Police are searching for a missing father and son after pulling the pair’s boat from the Huron River on Sunday. Flat Rock police, Brownstown police, Rockwood police, volunteers and the Great Lakes Water Recovery removed the boat from the river. A boat belonging to a missing father and son was pulled from the Huron River on April 5, 2020. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket. He was last seen wearing a tan vest and blue jeans.
You can fish, boat as long as you use your own equipment during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – It’s not hard to spot people who aren’t correctly distancing themselves from one another in our new everyday life. It gets trickier to know what’s acceptable and what’s not as the weather breaks and people want to get outside more and more. Whitmer’s order. Under the order, to fish or boat you need to use your own equipment to limit the potential transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The boat launch near Miller Marina in St. Clair Shores was very busy Friday.
You can fish, boat as long as you use your own equipment during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
You can fish, boat as long as you use your own equipment during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreakPublished: April 3, 2020, 11:12 pmIt’s not hard to spot people who aren’t correctly distancing themselves from one another in our new everyday life.
Fire destroys $20 million yachts in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two yachts went up in flames this weekend, covering a Fort Lauderdale marina in a thick layer of smoke. Officials are still unclear on the cause of the fire that destroyed $20 million worth of property. The yachts were reportedly under construction.