Michigan Princess loses power on Grand River


A 45-minute boat ride down the Grand River turned into a two and a half hour trip for passengers on the Michigan Princess this afternoon, after the boat experienced some mechanical issues after leaving the dock.

People could ride the boat for free as part of the ‘Be a tourist in your own town’ event.

The captain of the river boat says there was no real danger and no one was hurt.

One passenger told 6 News that a bartender jumped off the side of the boat to help tie it to a tree on shore.

“We had that storm that came through today were docked a little longer than normal and when we shoved off after the storm over, o shortly after departing, we had a mechanical problem on our shore side engine, our star bird engine on the boat,” said Captain of the Michigan Princess River Boat, Christopher Chamberlain.

When the crew realized it was a problem they couldn’t fix on the spot, they pulled to the side of the river by the Martin Luther King bridge and called for help.

Boats from the Lansing Boat Club came to the rescue and helped the boat get back to the dock.

“I’m thinking the last time we experienced a delay of this nature, and we had to wait for assistance was probably 15 years ago,” said Captain Chamberlain.

Captain Chamberlain says the afternoon dinner will continue dock side tomorrow but the boat should be up and running by next weekend.

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