Three people suffered critical injuries and five others were wounded in a boating accident at Cedar Point's breakwall late Tuesday night.
According to reports released from the Sandusky Fire Department, a distress call was made at about 11:30 p.m. from a marine radio of a boat that had hit Cedar Point's breakwall. Sandusky police and fire, along with the Coast Guard and Cedar Point police responded to the scene.
One by one, rescue workers carefully guided limp, bloodied and bruised people from the fireboat into ambulances waiting on the side of the dock. The two helicopters landed within 10 minutes of each other. Five rescue workers worked feverishly to prepare one of the critically injured for transport about three feet from the helicopter.
A cadre of five ambulances and emergency vehicles covered the parking lot by Famous Dave's as rescue workers were busy removing the injured from Sandusky's fireboat.
"There were eight people on the boat that hit the breakwall and went up on the rocks. They hit it pretty hard, so they must have been going pretty fast," said a firefighter, who was piecing together details from the scene. "Two of them were taken by Life Flight, one was diverted from Toledo to the hospital, and another was transported by ambulance. Five others were taken to Firelands Hospital with scratches, lacerations and maybe some broken bones. Hard to tell everything at this point."
A Cedar Point employee said he had no indication other than the injuries being reported of what caused the accident.
Police said they planned to secure the scene and continue to investigate.