Multiple Water Rescues Saturday in Northern Door County

There was a call for a water rescue near Rowleys Bay in the early evening Saturday. Shortly before 5:45PM, the call came in for a possible boat in distress about ¾ mile offshore from the former Wagon Trail Resort area. It was a small catamaran with a couple on board who were unable to get the mast upright. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht has the details…

It appeared as if the pin which holds the mast upright had become dislodged or broken off, & they were unable to put up sails and navigate the catamaran. Fire Chief Hecht says it was fortunate that a motorboat happened to be nearby and was able to tow them back to the boat launch at Rowleys Bay.
Hecht also mentioned that the couple onboard the sailboat followed two very important rules during this sailing trip…

There were no injuries in the incident, and Fire Chief Hecht reports that the entire rescue was completed within 15 minutes.

There was another water rescue near Chambers Island Saturday evening as a 34-foot powerboat was rapidly taking on water. Law enforcement was notified of the emergency call at about 6:25PM and Wisconsin DNR Warden Mike Neal was first on scene with a DNR Boat, followed by the Gibraltar fire boat captained by Captain Adrian Murre. The Coast Guard also arrived, and all 3 agencies were attempting to keep the boat afloat. Gibraltar Fire Captain Murre explains…

The boat 8 occupants included 2 parents and 6 children, all of which were wearing life vests, in addition to two dogs. They were all safely taken ashore by DNR boats. The three responding agencies continued to attempt keeping the boat afloat, but then it was moved near Chambers Island to sit for the night…

The family of 8 with the 2 dogs were safely taken ashore in Fish Creek by approximately 9PM. The sunken boat sat just offshore from the southeast area of Chambers Island with it’s bow sticking out of the water. On Sunday, crews from Yachtworks and Tow-Boat US Were able to salvage the boat. They got it floated and towed it back to Fish Creek where it was moved on to the owners boat trailer.
The 8 family members on the boat were all wearing life vests during the incident and there were no injuries. The reason for the boat quickly taking on water remains undetermined at this time.

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