Boating Accident News 12/4/2012

By Kristy Moore posted 12-05-2012 03:42 PM

12-02-12 RYE, NH Firefighters help duck hunters after canoe tips over (12-03-12) A fire engine and ambulance were diverted from the town's holiday parade on Sun. (12-02) to assist 2 duck hunters who took a dip in the ocean when their canoe tipped over. Firefighter Jake MacGlashing said firefighters responded to Rye Harbor at 12:20 p.m. after receiving a call about an overturned canoe. He said 2 duck hunters told first responders that they were in between the jetties with their canoe when a wave came in over the top of the vessel, tipping it over. The men were not injured in the incident. "They were on the end of the jetty when we got there," MacGlashing said. The hunters were given the opportunity to warm up in the back of the ambulance while public-safety workers recovered their canoe from the water. Read full story here.
12-01-12 POWER COUNTY, ID Pocatello men rescued after canoe capsizes in Snake River (12-03-12)    Two Pocatello were rescued Sat. (12-01) after their canoe capsized in the Snake River in Power Co. Dispatchers at the Power Co. Sheriff’s Office received the call about the capsized canoe at about noon on Sat. Two men, Michael Jones and Norman Davis, were reportedly stranded on the Snake River near the Duck Point area. Members of the Power Co. EMS, Search and Rescue,  American Falls Police,  Power Co. Sheriff's deputies and a federal Fish a Wildlife officer responded to the area to assist with the rescue. After being pulled to safety, Jones was airlifted to Portneuf Med. Center, while Davis and another member of their hunting party, Thomas Jones, were transported by ambulance to the Power Co. hosp., where they were treated and released. Michael Jones remains under the care of the staff at Portneuf Med. Center. According to police, no life preservers were in use on the canoe at the time of the accident. Weather was a contributing factor in the incident. Read full story here.
12-02-12 PORTLAND, OR Boat capsizes in river near Oaks Park (01-02-12) Multnomah Co. 911 dispatchers received a call Sun. (12-02) on a capsized boat in the Willamette River by Oaks Park. The 24-ft. blue & white cabin cruiser sank about 200 yds. downriver from Portland's Sellwood Bridge. This was on the E. side of the Willamette River, along Oaks Park. Debris was reported around the scene. "We arrived and determined no one was on board," said USCG Petty Officer Greg Merten. At that time "the bow was sticking above the water about 4 ft. or so." A boat from Portland Fire also responded to the scene. "Our involvement was to confirm that there were no environmental hazards," Portland Fire Spokesman Tommy Schroeder said. "Then our crews cut the anchor line and dragged the submerged boat to shallower waters. We tied it off there before handing it over to the Coast Guard."
As of around 12:30 p.m. Sun. the sunken boat had been towed to the side of the river. Investigators determined it to be a "transient boat" that eventually just sank. "At this point we have briefed our pollution-response crews so they're aware of it, but we have no plans to dismantle it," Merten said. "It's the owner's responsibility to remove a boat when it sinks." He said a team is tracking down the owner now.  Read full story here.
12-02-12 CHANNEL ISLANDS, CA Smuggling Boat Rams into Coast Guard Boat, Kills One (12-03-12) An apparent smuggling boat ran into a USCG boat during a chase, killing one Coast Guardsman and injuring another. The panga — an open, low-sided fishing boat favored by Mexican smugglers — was captured after the Sun. (12-02) crash near the Channel Islands, W. of Malibu. The accident happened during a counter-drug operation off the California coast. Authorities say such vessels carrying drugs or undocumented immigrants from Mexico have been ranging farther and farther N. along the CA coast. Asked whether any drugs were found on the boat seized Sun., CG spokesman Adam Eggers said he could not immediately comment. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was pronounced dead Sun. after he was brought ashore at Port Hueneme, said James Baroni, Ventura Co. chief deputy medical examiner. Horne suffered a traumatic head injury in the crash.
The 2nd man was treated for minor injuries. His name wasn't released. Horne and others were aboard a small inflatable boat deployed from the Marina del Rey-based Coast Guard cutter Halibut. The Halibut's commanding officer, Lt. Stewart Sibert, said Mon. (12-03) that he and his crew were devastated by the loss of the man he called the best shipmate he had ever known. "He was my friend, he was my confidante, he was the glue that held my crew together," Sibert said, choking back tears. "He gave me advice more times than I could count." Sibert credited Horne with helping to rescue people on a struggling sailboat just a few months ago off of the Channel Islands. "It was pitch black, the winds were howling, the seas were building and everything was getting worse," Sibert said. Horne came up with a plan, and his experience and professionalism saved 3 lives, Sibert said. A CG maritime patrol aircraft spotted the panga before dawn and the cutter was sent to intercept it. The cutter deployed the smaller inflatable chase boat, but as that vessel approached the panga with its blue light flashing, the panga veered toward it at high speed and struck it before fleeing. Horne and another crewman were thrown into the water. Another CG vessel stopped the fleeing panga and detained 2 suspects. Read full story here.

12-03-12 JUNEAU, AK Juneau Man who Survived Boat Sinking Found Dead (12-03-12) The sole survivor of a boat sinking that claimed 2 Juneau brothers has been found dead in a Juneau home.     
It was reported that 26-y/o Jim Brown Jr. was found not breathing and unconscious. Attempts to revive him weren't successful and he was pronounced dead just before 12:30 a.m. Mon. (12-03).  Police spokesman Lt. David Campbell says the cause of death isn't known, but alcohol was involved. An autopsy will be conducted. Brown and brothers Kelly and Casey Newman were in an 18-ft. skiff that sank after being hit by a wave Nov. 23 near Tenakee Springs. Brown made it to shore. Kelly Newman, who was 23, was found unresponsive and efforts to revive him failed. The body of 26-y/o Casey Newman was found the next day. Read full story here.
12-01-12 DOMINICA, LESSER ANTILLES Student Diver Killed by Boat Propeller (12-03-12) A senior from the Univ. of Virginia was bludgeoned to death by a boat propeller while swimming off the coast of Dominica, in the Caribbean, during a Semester at Sea. Casey Schulman, 22, of Falls Church, Va., was on a recreational snorkeling trip not organized by the study-abroad program when she was hit. Dominica police inspector Richmond Valentine said that Schulman and other students had hired a boat owned by a local operator in Roseau and gone snorkeling Sat. afternoon (12-01). After they were finished, they went to a nearby beach and swam on the shore. There, Schulman was struck by the boat's propeller as the boat's captain was apparently driving in reverse. She was pronounced dead at a local hosp. Schulman was a senior foreign affairs major who was participating in the Semester at Sea program this fall. She and about 50 other students were on the boat that stopped in Dominica. The Univ. of Virginia released a series of statements about Schulman's death, noting that she was a well-known student on campus who was immersed in international studies. During the semester's cruise, the ship sailed to Europe, Africa and South America. The Semester at Sea boat held a memorial service Sun. and is scheduled to end its voyage at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday (12-07).  Read full story here.

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