Sheriff’s Department Releases More on Fatal Boat Accident

The Door County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the 40-year old Washington Island man who sustained serious injuries in a boating accident late Friday evening on the shore near Door Bluff Road, in the Town of Liberty Grove. Frank Gibson sustained a leg injury and was transported to Saint Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. The owner and operator of the 23-foot Powercrest boat, 54-year old Vernon Rubenic of Oswego, Illinois, was killed in the mishap. According to the police report, deputies found the “Cherry Bounce” on shore, wedged between two large rocks with extreme front end damage. The vessel’s throttle was fully engaged, giving the impression that the boat hit shore at full speed, leaving it half in and half out of the water. Investigators also learned that the vessel launched from Washington Island and that the two men had been drinking in Ellison Bay and while on the boat prior to the accident shortly before midnight Friday. Gibson indicated that the accident happened about a half an hour after he and his friend started back to Washington Island. Sheriff Steve Delarwelle said the Department of Natural Resources has jurisdiction over these types of accidents, so all of information gathered by his department has been turned over to the state agency as part of its investigation.

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