Several Sent to Hospital Following Crystal Lake Boat Crash

Montcalm County deputies are investigating after a boat crash landed several people in the hospital.

The sheriff’s office marine unit was called to Crystal Lake Friday evening, following reports of a boat carrying nine people crashing into another boat with four people on board.

One of the boats involved began sinking and had to be towed to shore.

Witnesses say neither of the vessels’ operators saw the other until just before they crashed.

One person on the first boat was taken to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing with significant injuries believed to have been caused by one of the engine propellers.

Two other people on that boat and one person from the second boat were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, including a 3-year-old boy.