August 17, 2011
CELINAA bad stunt almost turned deadly Sunday for three boaters on Grand Lake.Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla were returning to base when a lookout saw a race boat go airborne, tossing three passengers into the water. Larry Baker, flotilla commander, said the race boat turned sharply at high speed across the patrol boat’s wake, violently tossing the three occupants through the air and into the water. None of the occupants of the race boat were wearing life jackets, Baker said.Two of the occupants were able to get themselves out of the water and back in their boat. The third was rescued by flotilla members. No one was injured, and they were able to continue boating, Baker said.Baker said the incident shows why anyone taking to the waters needs to wear a life jacket.