Beaver Island Ferry Stranded in Lake Michigan, Escorted Back to Shore

In windy, wavy conditions on the water a ferry had to call for back up when it became stranded in Lake Michigan.

The Beaver Island Boat Company’s Emerald Isle lost propulsion shortly after it left for it’s 8:30 a.m. trip Thursday.

The ferry left Beaver Island and was heading to Charlevoix when it happened.

The engineer onboard was able to fix the issue, but decided to head back to the island as the U.S. Coast Guard escorted them back.

They believe there was a fuel issue that caused the boat to stop moving.

The ferry with four people onboard made it to Beaver Island around 2:30 p.m.

"The weather is a little rough today and so we were concerned for our passengers and the safety of the vessel," Beaver Island Boat Company president Margo Marks said. "We were escorted back to Beaver Island."

Anyone who needs to get off Beaver Island will have to use flight service for the time being.