Boating Accident News 11/16/2012

By Kristy Moore posted 11-16-2012 09:59 AM

11-15-12 DEALE, MD Boat crash injures two in southern Arundel (11-15-12) A boat crashed into a jetty in Herring Bay near Deale on Thur. afternoon (11-15), injuring at least 2 of 4 people on board, according to the Anne Arundel Co. FD. About 5:55 p.m., rescue units from both Anne Arundel and Calvert counties — Deale skirts the line between the 2 — responded to the jetty near Rockhold Creek for reports of a pleasure boat having crashed into the jetty, said Lt. Keith Hamilton, a dept. spokesman. Personnel from Calvert Co. were the first to arrive, and pulled all 4 passengers from the crashed boat onto their fire boat before heading to shore. Once ashore, 2 people were transported to the Anne Arundel Med. Center in Annapolis with non-life-threatening injuries. Two others refused medical attention. Hamilton did not know the ages or identities of those on the boat, but believed they were all adults. Read full story here
11-11-12 CAPE LOOKOUT, NC 3 men get rescued from sinking boat (11-14-12) A captain comes to the rescue when he overhears a distress call from a nearby boat near Cape Lookout that was sinking. This 25-ft. Carolina Classic boat is now resting 80 ft. below the water. "I looked at the boat and saw him waving a lifejacket and I turned to my friend and said 'buddy they're sinking,'" Captain Tom Trevathan said. Trevathan was fishing nearby when he and his crew decided to take action. "It was a little scary knowing that if they went in the water it would have been tough and they probably would have lived 30 min. because the water temperature was so cold, he said. The 3 men on board "Tobacco Man" had called for help to the USCG at Fort Macon Sun. morning (11-11). However, it was Captain Tom and his crew who got to them first. The owner of the boat, Dwight Rouse, believes a hose came off at some point in their travels to a fishing hot spot called 1700 Rock near Cape Lookout. "The boat started to sink pretty fast. It is 25 ft. with a cabin on it so it had a lot of space it had to fill. It was probably 2-3 ft. in the water at the time we called the CG," Rouse said. "It went down in about 30 min. after we pulled em' off," Captain Tom said. The Coast Guard never showed up for the rescue. The sunken boat is valued at an estimated $50,000. Read full story here
11-13-12 ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA Metairie duck hunter rescued after boat sinks off Delacroix (11-13-12) A Metairie duck hunter was located Tue. afternoon (11-13) in the Grand Lake area in St. Bernard Parish after his 16-ft., flat-bottom boat sank in rough waters on Tue. morning, according to a state Wildlife and Fisheries report. While initial reports state that Daniel Madere, 25, was wearing a life jacket and was able to grab another lifejacket to hold as he made his way to the bank, a USCG official has stated that a CG helicopter found Madere floating in the marsh and alerted St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputies who picked Madere up in a boat and brought him to shore. Wildlife and Fisheries official Adam Einck says that search and rescue personnel found Madere about 12:45 p.m. Tue., got him dry clothes and transported him back to the launch near Delacroix where a medical staff was waiting to check his condition. According to Madere and his hunting partners, they were crossing Grand Lake on their way to their duck blinds at 5:15 a.m. When Madere's hunting partner arrived at the blind, he noticed that Madere was not there and doubled back to see if Madere was having trouble with the rough water. "We're guessing that water swamped the boat," Einck said. After a brief search of the area, Madere's duck blind partner called authorities to assist in the search. Throughout the morning, search and rescue personnel were combing a 22.9-sq.-mi. area around Grand Lake, CG Petty Officer Carlos Vega said on Tue. afternoon. Grand Lake sits off Delacroix, between Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes. Read full story here.
11-11-12 PLYMOUTH, MA  Two rescued after boat sinks off Plymouth (11-13-12) Two Fall River men spent nearly an hr. in the chilly water off Plymouth Harbor Sun. (11-11) after their boat sank near Gurnet Point. Police said a boater from Kingston found the men floating shortly after 11 a.m. and plucked them from the water on his own before help arrived. The rescued men, aged 50 and 44, had been boating near the Gurnet when their bilge pump failed and the boat started taking on water.
They told police they spent 45 min. to an hr. in the water before the passing boater spotted and saved them. Both were wearing life vests. The men were escorted back to the Town Wharf, where paramedics were waiting to treat them. One of the men declined medical attention. The other was taken to Jordan Hosp. for treatment of a mild case of hypothermia. Police would not release the names of any of the boaters. Read full story here.
11-12-12 BENTON COUNTY, MN Father, 2 Teens Rescued After Boat Submerges In Frigid Waters (11-13-12) A 41-y/o Minneapolis man and his two 15-y/o boys needed rescue after their boat submerged into frigid waters while duck hunting, according to the Benton Co. Sheriff’s Office. At 3 p.m. Mon. (11-12), Tamara Caruso, 42, of Minneapolis reported that her husband, Frank Caruso, and their two sons had not returned since leaving early in the morning on a boat from a their Little Rock Lake cabin in Langola Township. They were expected to be back from their hunting trip at 1:30 p.m. and could not be reached by phone. Authorities were dispatched to the scene and began searching the area where the group had been hunting. The Rice FD deployed their watercraft and began a search by water. Just before 4 p.m., the FD discovered the submerged boat near the shore. Soon after, the fire department located the father and sons on the E. shore of Little Rock Lake. Frank Caruso reported to authorities that he and the boys were heading back from the cabin in their john boat when the front of the boat went underwater. The boat was quickly filled with water. He and the boys, who were all wearing life jackets, were able to swim back to shore and eventually light a small fire. Besides being cold, all 3 victims were unharmed. They were examined by Gold Cross ambulance before being released to their own care at their cabin. Benton Co. Sheriff’s deputies, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Rice FD, the Gold Cross Ambulance and the Rice PD assisted in the search. Read full story here.
11-11-12 OREGON, OH Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized Lake Erie boat (11-12-12) The USCG says 2 men rescued from Lake Erie were treated for hypothermia after their boat capsized in NW Ohio. The CG says someone reported the situation in the lake a few mi. E. of Toledo on Sun. (11-11). A rescue boat crew from Toledo and a helicopter crew from Detroit located the men, who were holding onto the stern of the boat. They were in the water for more than an hr. before being hoisted into the helicopter and taken for medical care. The helicopter crew's co-pilot says the men were smart to wear lifejackets, stick together and remain close to the boat, making them easier to spot from the air. Officials didn't immediately identify the rescued boaters. Read full story here.
11-10-12 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX Coast Guard rescues man from sinking boat (11-12-12) USCG crews rescued a man from his sinking 15-ft. Jon boat over the weekend. A 911 dispatcher contacted the CG Station on South Padre Island on Sat. (11-10) in regards to a report of a man’s boat sinking. The call to the 911 dispatcher was made by the man’s wife, who said she was unsure where her husband’s boat was located because his phone died before she could get a location.
“Without a filed float plan of where to expect (the man,) it was difficulty to find the boat in time before it sank, but we were fortunate Sat.,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Orlando Rivera, the boat coxswain of the rescue boat. “We cannot stress the importance enough of filing a float plan before going out on the water and having a reliable GPS device along with a marine band radio to call for help if the situation arises. The man’s) phone died before he could pass his location, and it was just by chance the helicopter spotted him.” Rescue crews were sent to the location and were able to find the man. The CG crew towed the Jon boat to Port Isabel. Read full story here.
11-14-12 ATLANTIC OCEAN OFF VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Coast Guard aids four in disabled boat off Va. Beach (11-14-12) The USCG rescued 4 people aboard a disabled sailboat off the Virginia Beach coast. The 4 set off a signal requesting help about 8:15 a.m., the CG said. They were about 170 mi. E. of Virginia Beach, and the boat didn’t have steering ability. The CG sent an aircraft and helicopter, which took the 4 to Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina.  Read full story here.
11-15-12 INDIAN RIVER INLET, DE Officials investigate fisherman's death in Indian River (11-15-12) State Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers are investigating the death Thur. morning (11-15) of a man who was fishing in Indian River Inlet.
Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, a spokesman for the agency, said about 10 a.m. the fisherman, who was alone in his boat, was speaking to 2 men in a nearby boat, according to witnesses. Minutes later, the 2 men noticed that his boat was crashing against the rock jetty near S. Short Marina. They called for help because they didn’t see anyone in the boat, said Rhodes. When rescuers arrived, they found the man had fallen into his boat after suffering some type medical episode. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s boat was taken to North Shore Marina. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin. An autopsy will determine what the cause of death is. Read full story here.
11-13-12 SINGER ISLAND, FL A sailboat washed ashore in Singer Island after captain hit in the head (11-12-12) A sailboat washed ashore in Singer Island late Tue. morning (11-13) after the captain of the boat lost control according to USCG members of the Lake Worth Inlet. The captain said part of the boat hit him in the head and he had trouble navigating the vessel. The CG said the captain was not hurt and it was unclear what his plans were to remove the boat. CG members said if it is abandoned, the sailboat will be salvaged. Crews did not find any pollutants leaking from the boat. Read full story here.
11-10-12 PRESQUE ISLE, PA 2 People Rescued After Their Sailboat Capsized on Presque Isle (11-11-12) There were some tense minutes Sat. afternoon (11-10) after the USCG was called out to check on an overturned sailboat. The 19-ft. sailboat capsized about 800 yds. from  the Niagara condominiums around 3 Sat. afternoon. The CG conducted a search of the water looking for anyone who may have been on the boat. Then came word 2 people were aboard the vessel but had been picked up by a Good Samaritan and brought to shore. Everyone is OK and the boat was able to be salvaged. Read full story here.
11-13-12 PORT ST. LUCIE, FL Body Of Missing Port St. Lucie Houseboat Owner Found At Bottom Of Club Med Marina (11-14-12) Divers found the body of a houseboat owner in marina waters near his boat Wed. morning (11-14). Port St. Lucie Police were called to Club Med Marina on Morningside Blvd., at 8:40 a.m. for a missing person. The dockmaster told police that she found 2 dogs wandering the dock without their owner, Donald Coutts, 47. The dockmaster told police she was unable to find Coutts, who had not been seen since Tue. night (11-13), and called police. Port St. Lucie Police Marine Unit along with the St. Lucie Co. Sheriff’s Dive Team began their search of water surrounding the houseboat. Special underwater sonar equipment found his body  nearby. The dive team recovered the body and positively identified it as Donald Coutts. Foul play is not suspected but police continue the investigation. Read full story here.

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