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2 Dead, 3 Hospitalized After Boating Accident In Lake St. Clair

UPDATE: A 32-year-old man has been arrested on alcohol charges in the wake of the crash.

Harsens Island (WWJ)- A man and a woman were killed in a collision involving two boats in Lake St. Clair Sunday evening.

The U.S. Coast Guard said six people were on a boat that was hit by another boat around 6:45 p.m. in the south channel near Harsens Island.

The sheriff's office says a 25-foot Baja boat went over a cabin cruiser Sunday, killing a 57-year-old man from Chesterfield Township and a 68-year-old woman from Canada. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

Three people were taken to a hospital, including a 62-year-old woman who is in critical condition. All were aboard the cabin cruiser.

No one in the Baja boat was hurt. Harsens Island is in Lake St. Clair at south end of the St. Clair River, 50 miles northeast of Detroit.

The St Clair County Sheriff's Department says the Coast Guard got a May Day call from a Good Samaritan who witnessed the collision.

Boaters who saw the accident helped in the rescue.

Three people in the other vessel were taken into custody, according to a Coast Guard spokesman.

Freighters which usually use the south channel were stopped for a period of time while the accident was investigated.


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