Middle Bass on the Web - Your Source for Island Information

 

 

 

Home

News / Events  

News - Live off the Wire 

Webmaster's Log

Welcome

Getting Here

General Info

Yellow Pages / Lodging   

Photos

Store   

Kid's Corner  

Navigation

Site Map Page 1

Site Map Page 2

Site Search  

History                             

Island History

Area History

Bibliography           

Links

Lake Erie Island Links 

Ottawa County Links

Fishing Info

News Links

Weather Links  

More Islands

Community

Calendar  

Free Stuff

Guest Book

Contact Us

Legal

About Us / Tips

 

 

                         

 

Middle Bass Island

 

 33 Foot Searay Sinks in Schoolhouse Bay

 

Labor Day, September 1, 2008

 

 

The first two pictures were taken shortly before 4PM as we were taking off to take some aerial pictures of the marina and the islands. The third picture was taken about 45 minutes later a few minutes before we landed again. The next two pictures were taken around 6PM from the east shore facing east towards Schoolhouse Bay, and the last two were taken around 7PM as the tow boats figured out that they weren't going to be able to turn the boat rightside up and decided to tow it away mostly underwater.

 

Here's the story about the accident, from Robin Burris-Cadez:

 

A farmer and his wife from Michigan just got done with his corn, and decided to bring their 33 foot Searay down for a couple of days at the Bay. They hit the East Point reef off Middle Bass Island and thought they would try to get the boat to Put-in-Bay. Dale Burris from North Bass was on the scene by this time (just happened to be going by...he sure does that a lot). He told the guy he would follow him because Dale knew the bilge pumps weren't going to be able to keep up with the water coming in, but the guy said he still wanted to make a go of it. They didn't get far before the engines got swamped and cut out. Dale pulled up along side and the lady, in a panic quickly got in. She had just got out of the hospital after a six month stay following a car accident. The guy asked Dale to take them to the Bay. He decided after a day like that he might as well still get a room and drown his sorrows.

 

Webmaster's Note: There was also an overturned boat in Schoolhouse Bay during a bad storm 6 days earlier, on Tuesday August 26. It was reported to the police when it was about a quarter mile offshore. The Put-in-Bay police determined it was a large rubber raft and searched the water for occupants but didn't find anyone. The raft eventually washed up on the east shore just north of St. Hazards. It had broken loose from a dock at East Point. Before the storm was over, two more rafts broke loose at East Point and washed up just north of the east end of the new runway.

 

 

 

 

All Contents Copyright 2000-2008 by Middle Bass on the Web, Inc. All rights reserved.

Reproduction without written permission is forbidden for any purposes other than personal use.

Revised: 02 Sep 2008 17:08:58.

This page has been accessed Hit Counter times