None injured in Wisconsin Point boating mishap
Emergency responders were called to Wisconsin Point on Saturday afternoon at 5:19 p.m. on a report of a sinking boat and eight people in the water.
Upon arrival, they saw an 18-foot fiberglass Stingray boat near the shore sitting very low in the water, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. All persons aboard, three adults and five children ages 8 through 11, were safe and accounted for onshore.
According to the release: The boat owner and operator, a 43-year-old Duluth man, told deputies he had been travelling along Wisconsin Point when he saw a large chunk of wood in the water. He said he swerved at the last moment but was unable to avoid striking the object, which turned out to be a railroad tie. The impact tossed at least two of the children out of the boat. The boat was full of water after the impact, probably due to the side of the boat dropping below the waterline from the force of impact. The occupants and boat were able to make it to shore.
The boat was towed by the Sheriff’s Office Zodiac to Rice’s Point and loaded on the owner’s trailer. Minor damage and two small holes through the fiberglass were observed on the underside.
All occupants on board were wearing life jackets and no injuries were reported. The sheriff’s office encourages all persons to wear their life jackets while on the water.
The Superior Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance and the US Coast Guard also responded to the incident.