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4-year-old nearly drowns in pond, saved by passerby


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 4-year-old boy is recovering after nearly drowning in Holland Sunday evening.

Witnesses at Hawthorn Pond say the boy was visiting with several other people when he wandered off around 5:30 p.m. That's when the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department was called to the scene off Black River Drive.

While the boy's guardian was looking for him, a passerby saw him and pulled him out. The child was not breathing. The passerby performed CPR immediately. When first responders arrived, he was sitting up and breathing on his own.

The boy was transported to Holland Hospital for evaluation.

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Lakeshore art exhibit showcases Muskegon artists


HOLLAND (WZZM)-- The Holland Area Arts Council is hosting an art exhibit featuring Muskegon artists. It's called Elemental Transformation. It includes sculptures, drawings, charcoal, painting and mixed media.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It runs through August 6th.

The Holland Area Arts Council is located at 150 East 8th St. in Holland. They are open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Holland Area Arts Council website.


Local First Lakeshore Street Party in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Local First is hosting their second annual Lakeshore Street Party. It is August 1st, from 3 to 9pm. The event is free. Enjoy food and entertainment all day. There is also a kids activity area with face painting, art making, and more.

Elissa Hillary, Executive Director at Local First and Audria Larsen from Audacious Hoops stopped by the studio to explain the event.


911 recordings released in Holland plane crash


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The pilot who crashed his plane at Holland State Park over the weekend said he desperately tried to avoid the cold waters of the big lake, guiding the plane to part of the beach.

Now, we're hearing the 911 calls from the people who saw the plane go down.

The plane lost power 2,000 feet above a crowded beach.

The pilot, 66-year-old Steve Stam, was flying back from Benton Harbor after shooting some aerial photography.

He managed to guide the single engine plane farther down the beach, before crashing into a dune.

Stam estimates the impact was at 55 miles per hour.

Alarmed bystanders quickly called for help.

"Yes, I am at Spyglass [condominiums]. An airplane just crashed on the beach...It just came down. The nose is in the dune. It is just north of the state park."

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Four hospitalized after utility truck, cars collide


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four people are in the hospital after a utility truck and two cars collided at the intersection of Chicago Drive and 112th Ave. Tuesday morning.

Just before 7 a.m., the yellow car seen in the photos was traveling eastbound on Chicago Dr. when it stopped at a signal at the corner of Van Hill. At that time, the driver, Antonio Chavez, 57 of Holland Township, was rear-ended and pushed into the path of a dump truck.

Woman hurt in Coastal Container industrial accident


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 21-year-old woman was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital after a workplace accident Monday afternoon.

The accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. at Coastal Container, 1201 Industrial Ave. Holland investigators say the woman was hit by a forklift and pinned, suffering significant injuries to her legs.

Coastal Container issued a statement tonight saying quote, "We are deeply saddened to have one of our team members injured. We have not had time since the accident to fully investigate the causes, but we have begun our investigation." They added, "As we work to learn more, we will keep our coworker and family members in our thoughts and prayers."


Pilot avoids crowd in beach crash landing


PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Imagine losing power, 2,000-feet up in the air. That's the moment the pilot Steve Stam told WZZM 13 he knew something was wrong.

Stam, 66, said his training kicked in, as he was trying to avoid crashing into the crowded beach below. He was somehow able to guide the small single-engine plane further down the beach before smashing into a tall grassy sand dune.

It happened around 6:45 p.m. Sunday near the Holland State Park in Park Township.

Stam estimates he hit the ground going at least 55 miles per hour, sending him through the windshield of the plane.

He was flying from Grand Haven to Benton Harbor and through Fennville to shoot aerial photography.

Stam said the trouble with his 1966 Alon Aircoupe A2 started as he was heading back to Grand Haven.