(7-16-18) On Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at about 6:18 PM Celina Police and Fire Departments responded to a call of a capsized boat, with occupants in the water off of Westbank Road. Upon arrival Celina Police officers found an 18 foot long sailboat against the rocks near the lighthouse. In the boat were 58 year old Michael Goodspeed of Celina, 57 year old Thomas Weiss of Celina and an 8 year old girl.
There were several people observed by officers in the water about 100 yards from shore. Citizen boaters were assisting the remaining 6 victims from the water. The others six included 34 year old Colleen Goodspeed, 35 year old Michael Goodspeed, 47 year old Angela Weiss, a 5 year old child and an 8 month old infant. All occupants are from Celina and no injuries were reported.
The investigation revealed that 58 year old Michael Goodspeed had been operating the small sailboat and left from the Westbank Rd. area with 8 occupants, over the vessel’s capacity. Upon leaving shore the weather changed. Wind picked up to about 25 MPH and the lake had about 1 foot rolling waves on it. The boat at least partially capsized, spilling the occupants into the water.
It appeared that the 58 year old Michael Goodspeed was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested for operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and for endangering children, both misdemeanors. He was held in the Mercer County Jail.