Michigan's Mackinac Island Ferry Loses Power in Rough Waters

DETROIT, Oct. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has decided not to investigate why a ferry heading to Michigan’s Mackinac Island partially lost power during a storm.

The incident involving the Arnold Transit ferry stranded 226 passengers, most of them senior citizens, in rough water on Lake Huron for more than two hours, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

The ferry was 5 minutes out into the Straits of Mackinac Friday morning when 10-foot waves and 35-knot winds knocked out its propulsion.

Capt. Keith Dufton radioed to Mackinaw City for assistance while technicians on shore tried to help the ship reboot its computer and regain power.

Just as the Coast Guard arrived, the ferry’s computer rebooted and its propulsion returned.

“It’s possible for any boat to lose its engine in rough weather,” said Chief John Tracy, executive petty officer at the Coast Guard station in St. Ignace.

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