LAKE ST. CLAIR (WWJ) – The Mardi Gras of the Midwest, known as Jobbie Nooner; the site of what some officials say is excessive partying.

WWJ’s Kathryn Larson reports that there were more than three dozen medical emergencies during the event Friday on Lake St. Clair.

Officials said they addressed everything from lacerations, broken limbs….up to and including the unconscious, who have needed immediate transport to hospitals to treat their injuries.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Jillian Lamb said her crew had their hands full — with more than three dozen medical emergencies — ranging from minor to major.

Lamb spoke of one man who jumped in the shallow water surrounding Gull Island.

“Our EMTs that were with him said that he was grabbing and using his hand and head function and was grabbing … was able to hang on to their hand — so he did have some movement,” said Lamb.

He was transported to shore in a neck brace.

Lamb told WWJ that the Coast Guard has been busier than last year: ” … Then of course (there were) some extremely inebriated people who were unconscious that we had to transfer out; local, state, federal partners and Tri-Hospital EMS.”

What is Jobbie Nooner?

The event was started in the 80′s by some of Detroit’s auto industry employees looking for a summer getaway. The workers would typically go out on the Friday following the summer solstice.

Gull Island on Lake St. Clair served as a perfect venue and it’s grown in popularity ever since.


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