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July 06, 2015

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MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015 50¢ Weekday, $1.00 Saturday www.grandhaventribune.com INSIDE: Find out whats coming up in the community See Community Calendar, Page 5 SPORTS: U.S. women win World Cup See Story, Page 7 Tomorrow's Weather Rain/t-storms, cooler High 74 Low 65 Grand Haven Tribune Keep up with breaking news 24/7 at www.grandhaventribune.com See Story, Page 3 I N S I D E How cold is Lake Michigan? BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com Four people jumped ship when a 20-foot, 1988 Crestliner Nordic boat caught on fire late Sunday afternoon in the Grand River near the Harbor Island boat launch. This was the second Grand River boat fire over the weekend in the area. Police reported that one person suffered minor injuries in Sunday's incident. All of the boaters were rescued from the water and transported by Ottawa County Sheriff 's Department Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard to Coast Guard Station Grand Haven following the 3:45 p.m. incident. Boat owner Robert Ellis of Cedar Springs said they were returning to Eastmanville after cruising down Lake Michigan to Kirk Park for lunch. Ellis said that he had just gone past the power plant when he smelled gas coming from the engine compartment. He took off his engine cover and could see something spraying, he said. "I tried to plug it up with my finger, but it was too late. It just went up. Ellis had also tried to wrap a towel around the leaking fuel pump, but the boat caught on fire before they could make an emergency landing at Harbor Island, said Sgt. Cal Keuning of the Sheriff 's Department. Ellis said all of the people aboard immediately jumped into the water. Passing boaters pulled the people to safety and a Coast Guard boat in the area was on the scene within minutes, Ellis said. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Haven was on an afternoon boat safety patrol near the Grand Haven Power Plant at about 3:45 p.m. when they witnessed a person jump from a boat and into the water, said Senior Chief Alan Haraf. When they arrived on scene to pull that person out of the water, three other people jumped in the water from the same boat, seconds before the boat burst into flames. Neither person who jumped into the water was wearing a life jacket. The Coast Guard crew pulled two people out the water and onto their 25-foot response boat. A good Samaritan pulled the other two persons out of the water before transferring them to the Coast Guard boat. All four people were taken to Coast Guard Station Grand Haven where they were met by Grand Haven EMS. Neither person required medical treatment. Meanwhile, another Coast Guard crew from Station Grand Haven arrived on scene aboard a 47-foot response boat to help fight the fire, along with a crew aboard an Ottawa County Marine Patrol fire boat. The boat floated to the Harbor Island shore, where Marine Patrol hooked on to it and towed it to the Harbor Island Boat launch. Grand Haven Public Safety officers soaked down the still smoking vessel a little more. The huge plume of smoke and Courtesy photo/Josh Poel A burning boat drifts toward shore late Sunday afternoon in the Grand River near Harbor Island. Boats burn Boaters rescued when vessels catch fire on Grand River Saturday, Sunday See BOATS on Page 3 Tribune photos/ Tristan Urry Fireworks explode over Dewey Hill in Grand Haven Saturday. BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com FERRYSBURG — Mayor Dan Ruiter beamed as he watched area residents socialize at William Ferry Park after the Fourth of July Parade on Saturday. "It's wonderful that a community as small as Ferrysburg can come together and have such a big celebration," he said. More than 200 people attended a free Mayor's Breakfast at Ferrysburg City Hall while parade participants lined up under blue skies outside. Hundreds of spectators arrived for the 10:30 a.m. parade early and stayed late as temperatures hovered in the low 70s. "We were camping and just came by," said Megan Kovalik, as her oldest daughter, Allison, 5, decorated a visor at one of the children's activities. "We love parades," the South Lyon resident said. "It's kind of like the town we are from." A flag ceremony opened festivities at the park following the parade. Parade Grand Marshal Bill Haynes, 62, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was honored to lead the Celebrating the Fourth Tribune photos/Becky Vargo Above: A patriotic family waits for the Fourth of July parade to start Saturday morning in Ferrysburg. Below: Ferrysburg Mayor Dan Ruiter gets a fist bump from Sam Timmer, 11, during the Mayor's Breakfast Saturday morning at Ferrysburg City Hall. Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Ferrysburg resident Bill Haynes said he was honored to rep- resent his fellow servicemen and women as grand marshal in the Fourth of July parade. See photo galleries and video at grandhaventribune.com See FOURTH on Page 3

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