Ten people were injured, and four taken to the hospital, after a boat struck a public dock on Clear Lake’s south shore early Sunday morning, Aug. 3.
The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department was called at approximately 2:05 a.m. Sunday morning about a boating accident with multiple injuries at the 15th Avenue South public dock on South Shore Drive.
A 2000 Cobalt boat operated by 28-year-old Andrew Nicholas of Clear Lake struck the public dock, causing damage to a portion of the dock, a 2010 Alumacraft boat on a hoist and Nicholas’ boat.
Nicholas and Taylor Olson, 23, of Clear Lake, were taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa by ambulance for treatment. Twenty-two year-old Erinn Heine and 23-year-old Michael Holmes, both of Clear Lake, were both transported to Mercy-North Iowa by a private vehicle.
Heine, Holmes and Olson were all treated and released, while no information was available on Nicholas.
Six others were treated at the scene by Clear Lake Fire & Rescue and Mason City Fire Department personnel for their injuries. Those injured included: Paige Bartleson, 23, of Clear Lake; Andrew Burgmeier, 22, of Mason City; Tiffini Cieplenski, 20, of Forest City; Alexandria Hayes, 22, of Clear Lake; Hunter King, 21, of Clear Lake; and Matthew Palzkill, 25, of Mason City.
The investigation into the collision continues to be investigated by the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Clear Lake Police Department also assisted at the scene.
Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said Tuesday no charges have been filed. His office and the DNR are waiting for the results of reports and testing, he said.