Lake County, IN – Boat Anchors Itself on I-80/94 in Unplanned Berth


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Lake County, IN – A nautical novelty turned heads on I-80/94 when a boat, typically at home on water, found itself moored Monday on the asphalt sea.

According to the Indiana State Police-Lowell Post, the wayward vessel set itself adrift in the lanes of traffic, not through a stormy gale, but due to an inadequate hitch. The incident took place in Lake County, causing a wave of delays for commuters navigating the busy interstate.

The police post humorously noted that this impromptu dry docking could serve as a teachable moment for all towing enthusiasts: match your hitch size or prepare for an unexpected port of call between exits. Fortunately, this unexpected ‘boat show’ concluded without any reported injuries or damage to the boat. However, it underscored the importance of proper towing equipment, as well as a reminder of how quickly a simple oversight can lead to unintended anchorages, even on the highway.

The Indiana State Police utilized the incident to launch a safety message to all drivers on deck: securing your craft correctly is essential. They have since steered the conversation towards educating drivers on towing safety to prevent future marine mishaps on Midwest roads.


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