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Grand Haven woman thrown overboard recounts boat crash near Port Sheldon pier

8:50 AM, Sep 6, 2013   |    comments
Larry Baum and his wife, Barbara Ramoie, were fishing for perch Sunday evening when their boat was struck by a much larger vessel. "We're lucky to be alive," Ramoie said. (Photo courtesy: Grand Haven Tribune)
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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Tribune)--The Grand Haven woman and her husband, Larry Baum, were in their fishing boat anchored in about 20 feet of water near the Port Sheldon pier when it was struck by a 36-foot powerboat at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

The jolt launched the 58-year-old woman off the bow of the couple's 17-foot Starcraft. Baum, 57, was tossed side to side in the boat, Ramoie said.

Ramoie said she ended up facedown in the water and unconscious. Her husband grabbed her pants and was able to flip her over.

"He found me (in the water) by the engine," she said.

Ramoie was regaining consciousness when her husband grabbed her arm to pull her into the boat. She said she was sliding back out of his grip when she looked at him and said, "Don't let go of me."

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