Boating Accident News 11/27/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 11-27-2012 04:45 PM

11-26-12 FORT PIERCE INLET, FL Two rescued after boat capsized in Ft. Pierce Inlet (11-26-12) Two people had to be rescued after their boat capsized in the Fort Pierce Inlet. A USCG vessel was seen Mon. Morning (11-26) monitoring the boat that was upside down in the water. The 18-ft. boat was coming into the inlet when it ran into trouble. The CG and Marine officers with the St. Lucie Co. Sheriff's Office got the 2 people out of the water in just minutes. They were met on shore by paramedics and are expected to be ok. A commercial towboat has been called out to try and bring the boat back in. Read full story here.
11-24-12 BAZETTA, OH ODNR to investigate fatal boat accident (11-26-12) The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Div. of Wildlife will investigate the cause of a boat’s capsizing Sat. (11-24) on Mosquito Lake and the drowning of a Pennsylvania hunter. The man who drowned, Daniel Khalil, 35, was originally from Pittsburgh but recently had moved to the area for a job in the shale industry, said Dennis Lewis, Bazetta fire chief. The other 2 men who were on the boat with Khalil remained unidentified, but both had hypothermia from their time in the water and were taken to St. Joseph Health Cen. The investigation may never be able to determine exactly what happened, Lewis said. With 2 survivors, however, authorities might be able to get some answers. The 3 men were out on the lake hunting ducks when the boat overturned. The 2 survivors were found by hunters on the eastern side of the lake. Khalil’s body was found 10 ½ hrs. after the initial call was made to emergency crews about a possible drowning. None of the men was wearing a life preserver at the time the boat capsized. Read full story here.
11-23-12 TANAKEE SPRINGS, AK Juneau Brothers Die In Boating Accident Near Tenakee Springs (11-26-12) Two brothers from Juneau died in a boating accident Fri. near Tenakee Springs. Alaska State Troopers Spokeswoman Megan Peters says 26-y/o Casey Newman and 23-y/o Kelly Newman went missing when their 18-ft. Lund skiff capsized late Fri (11-23). Peters says  Jim Brown, Jr., in his mid-20s, was also on the boat and was able to swim to shore. “It appears they were about ½ mi. from shore when a wave came over the stern of the boat and caused it to sink,” she said. The USCG notified Troopers of the incident about 8:30 Fri. night. At that point Brown had already made it to shore, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Searchers located Kelly Newman’s body a short time later. Peters says Casey Newman’s body was located Sat. (11-24) with the help of underwater cameras. The Newman brothers are survived by their parents, Nancy Davis and Joe Newman. The cause of the accident is still under investigation
11-21-12 ERSKINE, MN Wahlin OK after being pulled from Lake Alyssa in rural Erskine (11-26-12) A man fishing in a boat on a rural Erskine lake was rescued on Wed. (11- 21) after a neighbor saw him hanging from his boat in the water. The Polk Co. Sheriff's Office received the call at 4:15 p.m. Reid Wahlin, 59, had fallen out of his boat and broken through the ice on Lake Alyssa. He was in the cold water for 20-30 min. before being rescued. Wahlin was treated at the scene by Polk Co. EMS personnel. Mentor Fire and Rescue also assisted at the scene. Read full story here.
11-24-12 MIAMI BEACH, FL Three People Rescued From Boat Fire Off Miami Beach (11-24-12) Three boat riders were safely rescued about a mile offshore from Miami Beach on Sat. (11-24) after their 80-ft. yacht caught fire and began to take on water, the USCG said. The 3 people aboard the vessel Bliss jumped into the water and were pulled to safety by the CG Cutter Sitkinak's small-boat crew. None of the 3 needed medical treatment. The plume of black smoke created by the fire was seen by hundreds of beachgoers in the vicinity of 41st Street and Collins Avenue. When CG and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews approached the fire, they made sure no other people were aboard the vessel and extinguished the fire. The Bliss was left partially submerged and arrangements were being made to resurface the boat and tow it to shore. Read full story here.

11-24-12 HOUSTON, TX Coast Guard assists disabled vessel (11-26-12) Three men stranded aboard a disabled boat were found and towed back into port after signaling an oil rig, 187 mi. SE of Houston on Sun. (11-25). USCG Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received the initial report at 8 p.m. Sat. (11-24) from the wife of Mark Jones that her husband and 2 other men had taken their 30-ft. boat and hadn't returned at the agreed upon time. While she didn't know exactly where the men had gone, she provided the watchstanders with a general area to search. Sector Houston-Galveston launched CG crews aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston and a 45-ft. Response Boat — Medium from Station Galveston. The 3 men aboard the disabled vessel signaled the crew of a nearby oil rig using flares and a flashlight. The oil rig crew reported this to Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders who used the new information to better focus the rescue crews. "We didn't have much to go on in the beginning," said Lt. Julio Gonzalez, command duty officer for Sector Houston-Galveston. "Around 11:20 p.m. is when the rig spotted the flare and really narrowed down the search for us." According to Gonzalez, the initial search area was 3,672 sq. mi., approximately 1/2  the size of the state of New Jersey. After receiving the report of flares from the crew of the oil rig, the search area shrank to approximately 4 sq. mi. No medical attention has been requested. Read full story here.
11-23-12 HANSVILLE, WA Man falls from boat while setting crabpots; neighbor helps him ashore (11-24-12) A man tumbled from his rowboat off Point No Point Fri. afternoon (11-23) while setting crabpots about 75 ft. from shore. He was soon safely ashore, thanks to a lifejacket and a neighbor who came to his rescue. N. Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews went to an address off of Point No Point Road at 12:38 p.m. after several persons called 911 to report that a man had fallen into the water from a rowboat. The first firefighter to arrive on scene was there within 4 min. of dispatch, and found a woman in another rowboat towing the lifejacketed man back to shore, NKF&R spokeswoman Michele Laboda reported. Medics met the man shortly thereafter and examined him. With the exception of being quite cold, the man appeared to have escaped injury from his plunge into Puget Sound’s chilly waters. He declined further medical treatment or transport. “Life jackets that are properly fitted and worn help keep victims above water – even when they’re too tired or too cold to swim,” Laboda reported. “Point No Point’s strong currents and cold waters could easily prove fatal to anyone not wearing a life jacket.”  Within as little as 10 min., the frigid water temperatures can impair even the strongest swimmer’s abilities.  The danger is compounded by some of the swiftest currents in Puget Sound. Read full story here.

11-24-12 PRINCETON, MA Fitchburg man drowns in Princeton pond (11-26-12) A 31-y/o Fitchburg man drowned after capsizing his kayak on Paradise Pond despite another kayaker's attempts to revive him Sat. (11-24), District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.'s spokesman Paul Jarvey said Sun. evening (11-25). The victim was Zachary D. Constant. “They were going to their fishing area, when the guy who was leading turned around," said Jarvey. "He saw the victim's kayak had capsized and didn't see him." The 2nd kayaker got out of his kayak in about chest-deep water and found his friend, took him to nearby shore and began trying to resuscitate him shortly before 4 p.m. Emergency workers arrived and used a boat to carry the men to waiting ambulances. CPR efforts continued on the boat ride. The victim was then taken to HealthAlliance Hosp. and pronounced dead about 4:45. Neither kayaker was believed to be wearing a life vest. No foul play is suspected. It was unclear why the kayak capsized but it is possible the weather played a role. Sat. afternoon the wind was blowing hard. The incident is being investigated by the State Police detectives unit assigned to Early's office. They were helped at the pond by the state police Crime Scene Services Section, troopers from the Holden barracks, Mass. Environmental Police, as well as the Police and FDs from Princeton and Westminster. Read full story here.

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