Thursday, August 4, 2011
A very Sad Day On Our Island-As we mourn loss of a Friend killed in boat crash
He just looked at me and started to get tears in his eyes.. as he told me that Jen was killed and Tina was badly injured and Tina's Dog Chicklet was also killed in a boat crash Tuesday night after they left Put-N-Bay. They had gone to the Bay to celebrate there Birthdays.
There are no word to describe the thoughts and feelings you have when someone tells you that one of your friends has been killed...I just cried .... Jen was a really good Friend of mine and she will be missed greatly..
When you live on a small island like Kelley's you get to know everyone and the grief from a loss like this is shared by everyone. There will be many tears and tuff moments as boaters arrive through out the week and learn of the loss of a good friend..
It is going to be doubly hard when Tina returns to the Island... Her Little Dog Chicklet was a 3 pound long haired Chawawa(sp) that she carried in her purse everywhere she went..so She was as much a part of Tina and the island as Jen was..there is a big 11 x 14 picture of Chicklet in the Casino with No pets Allowed printed on the bottom of it.. so you can see that she was as much a part of our lives as Jen and will be missed as well. It 's going to be a very hard weekend..
My heart aches for Jen's Family and for Tina and the loss of her two best friends..
Please say a little prayer for my friends family and For Tina's quick recovery and loss of her precious Fur Baby...Chicklet.
See story below:
Island residents mourn loss of woman killed in boat crash
By ADAM MAWSON
Morning Journal Writer
KELLEYS ISLAND (AP) — Hearts are heavy among the residents of a small island community after one of their own was killed in a boating accident..
Jennifer Ulisse, of Kelleys Island, was a passenger Aug. 2 on a 27-foot boat captained by Donald Dunn, of Put-in-Bay. Tina Callari, of Lakewood, was also a passenger. The Ohio Division of Watercraft is still investigating what caused the boat to crash into break wall at Ballast Island Marina around 10:35 p.m.
The Coast Guard went to the break wall where they found the three crash victims. Dunn and Callari were found first and Ulisse was found nearby, according to a Coast Guardt. She was unconscious and later died of her injuries.
Dunn and Callari suffered head and body injuries. They were taken to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, then flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Dunn is listed in serious condition while Callari’s condition was unavailable, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
None of the victims were wearing life jackets at the time of the crash.
Gary Finger, who runs The Village Pump on Kelleys Island with his wife, Jackie, said Ulisse was well known and well liked among the island’s residents.
“She’s going to be sorely missed by everyone,” he said.
Finger said Ulisse had been a regular to Kelleys Island while growing up. She lived in a Cleveland-area suburb, but was a frequent visitor along with her parents. She eventually moved to the island and worked for the Fingers at The Village Pump. She moved to Florida for a short time, then returned.
Ulisse most recently worked as a manager at Kelleys Landing, formerly Kelleys Cove. Finger said she and Callari recently had birthdays and he believes they were celebrating.
On Ulisse’s Facebook page she wrote on Monday afternoon, “If anyone is not working Tuesday night, we are heading over to the bay for Tina’s bday!”
“Our hearts go out to her family,” said Finger, adding residents are also hoping for the best for Dunn and Callari, who are also regular faces on Kelleys Island. “It’s just a terrible tragedy.“
Bill Staiger, the Northern Region Manager for the Division of Watercraft, said the boat suffered “fairly substantial damage” in the crash but the exact cause or possible contributing factors have yet to be determined.
He added weather could be a likely culprit as there were thunderstorms and rain in the area at the time of the crash.
“Weather, wind and waves are always a factor,” Staiger said. “If they were in a thunderstorms the waves could have increased very quickly. The wavers were plus or minus 3 feet when the Coast Guard arrived, but I don’t know what it was 15 minutes before that. One of the things our investigators will be looking at is the weather at that time.“
Alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out, but Staiger said there is no evidence they played a role.
“There were tests that were taken when the people were brought to the hospital, but at this point we don’t have any evidence alcohol or drugs were involved,” he said.