Boaters overcome by fumes

Ten people aboard a 32-foot pleasure craft en route from St. Joseph to South Haven on Lake Michigan were overcome by apparent carbon monoxide on Saturday afternoon.


The boat was about a mile south of the South Haven pier heads and 1,000 yards offshore when it gave out a distress call at approximately 2:45 p.m. The captain of the boat was unable to  continue operating it.


The Coast Guard from St. Joseph responded along with the Van Buren Sheriff Marine Patrol and South Haven Area Emergency Service.


Some of the people were reported to have passed out. They were transferred to the Coast Guard boat and taken to South Haven for treatment by SHAES personnel in three ambulances. All ten people were taken to Bronson-South Haven Hospital for evaluation and treatment.


The boat was to be brought to South Haven by a commercial boat towing service.