Boating Accident News 1/4/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 01-04-2013 09:17 AM

12-31-13 RUSHVILLE, MD Hunters rescued on Potomac River Monday by boat team, park police helicopter (12-31-12) A pair of hunters were rescued by a Montgomery Co. Fire and Rescue Service boat team and a park police helicopter after being stranded on the Potomac River near Rushville early Mon. morning (12-31). Then 2 men were not injured or transported following the incident, which took place at about 6 a.m. Mon. a few hundred yds. N. of Katie Island, according to Asst. Chief Scott Graham, a Montgomery Co. Fire and Rescue Service spokesman. U.S. Park Police Eagle 2 was also dispatched to provide air support for the rescue, but neither of the hunters was in the water during the rescue, said Sgt. D. Tolson, a rescue technician with the U.S. Park Police Aviation Unit, who participated in the operation. Park police helicopters are typically dispatched to provide overhead support for water rescues, especially when frigid water temperatures or other hazardous conditions are a factor. Read full story here.
01-02-13 MIAMI, FL Beached Boat Leads To Search For Owner (01-03-12) The discovery of a beached sailboat on Elliot Key has prompted the USCG to launch a search for its owner who was last heard from by his family on Christmas Day. Missing is 62-y/o Mark Myhre, of Bay City, Wisconsin, who owns the “Galilean” which was spotted by a boater beached on the ocean side of Elliot Key on Wed. (01-02). The boater told the CG the Galilean had no visible signs of growth on the lines in the water and there was not one near it. The CG launched a helicopter and cutter to search the surrounding area. Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews are also assisting with the search. Smallboat crewmembers from CG Station Islamorada, Fla., and Station Marathon, Fla., are conducting shoreline searches from Elliot Key to Marathon. Read full story here.
01-02-13 PORT TOWNSEND, WA Diesel fuel spilled at Port Townsend when boat sinks (01-02-12) A 31-ft. vessel with 180 gal. of diesel fuel sank next to a dock at the Port of Port Townsend marina today, a state Dept. of Ecology spokeswoman said in a prepared statement issued at 7 p.m. Wed. (01-02). “Port staff quickly deployed absorbent materials, boom and hard boom when the vessel sank,” said Linda Kent of Ecology. “Up to 50 gal. of diesel, which has been leaking from the boat’s fuel tank, has been collected so far,” she said, adding that the USCG also was working on the cleanup. Kent said that the sinking was reported to Ecology at 2:20 p.m. “Port staff had already begun addressing it,” Kent said. Said Ecology lead spill responder Ron Holcomb: “The port staff did an excellent job of working quickly to address and contain this spill during the initial stages. “We will continue to work diligently to minimize its impacts,” he added. Kent did not know what caused the boat to sink. State and federal authorities have responders at the site working with the port and the vessel owner on the cleanup and vessel salvage. Responders will continue to work to contain the diesel fuel spill, get response equipment to the site that can be used to raise the boat and remove it from the water and identify the extent of the contamination. Read full story here.
01-01-13 ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL Three rescued from boat in St. Johns County (01-01-13) St. Johns Co. Fire Rescue saved 3 people after a boating accident Tue. afternoon (01-01). Fire officials say the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on the shoals just N. of the Matanzas inlet. St. Johns Co. responded and found an approximately 16-ft. fishing boat unmanned in the surf, and a 2nd fishing boat helping 2 people from the water and one from the sandbar. One of the victims was having a heart attack and a paramedic/rescue swimmer performed CPR. That patient was taken to Flagler Hosp. in critical condition. The boat was later towed and secured by SJCFR marine rescue to a dock at Fort Matanzas. No one else was injured and all 3 were wearing personal floation devices, according to SJCFR.
The Florida FWC is investigating the incident. Read full story here.
12-28-12 KEEHI LAGOON, HI 50-foot sailboat runs aground off Keehi Lagoon (12-29-12) A 50-ft. sailboat that ran aground Fri. night (12-28) off Keehi Lagoon is still there. It got stuck near the channel around 8:00 p.m.The 3 people on board were rescued, and were not injured. DLNR is in contact with the boat's owner, and they are working on getting the vessel removed. Read full story here.

01-03-12 MILWAUKEE, WI Settlement revealed in fatal boat crash (01-03-12) A settlement of nearly $1.3 million has been reached by the family of a 25-y/o Minnesota man killed in a July 22, 2011 boat crash on the Chippewa River. The settlement in the lawsuit brought by Heather Pohl of Elk River, Minn., on the behalf of her 2 sons, will be considered for approval at a 2 p.m. court hearing Fri.(01-04). The full settlement would be for $1,279,829.50. The Pohl family will receive $849,271.04 from the settlement, after fees of $430,558.46 are deducted to pay their Minneapolis law firm. Heather Pohl will receive $649,271.04. Structured annuities for $100,000 will be established for her sons Austin, 6, and Mason-Luke, 1. Heather Pohl was pregnant with Mason-Luke Pohl when Luke Pohl died in the crash. Luke Pohl was one of 4 people killed in the Lake Hallie crash between a Pinecraft boat driven by Robert Romanshek of Eau Claire and a powerboat driven by Mark Michels, 50, of Eau Claire. Michels was killed in the crash, along with 3 passengers on the larger boat: Luke Pohl, Matthew Overhulser, 28, of Eau Claire; and Matthew Simonson, 28, of Brooklyn Park, Minn. The suit had been filed against Link Rec., Inc. and  Romanshek, and their respective insurance companies. Heather Pohl claimed in the suit, filed in January, that the collision was the result of negligence by both Michels and Romanshek, and that Michels at the time was driving a boat owned by his employer, Link Rec. Inc. Chippewa Co. District Attorney Steve Gibbs said Wed. (01-02) he is still considering filing criminal charges in the fatal boat crash. Read full story here.
01-02-13 OVIEDO, FL Body of missing boater who 'disappeared from boat in alligator-infested lake after bachelor party' found but still no trace of friend (01-03-13) The body of one of the 2 men who were allegedly 'ejected' from their boat while cruising in an aligator-filled Florida lake was found on Wed. (01-02). Police reported the body of boater Jason Cobb, 30, was discovered but they did not disclose the condition the body was in or if there was any evidence that the dangerous animals were involved in his death. They have still not found any trace of his friend Charlie Jackson who went missing at the same time around 1.30am on Sat. (12-29). Read full story here.
01-02-13 VANCOUVER, WA Police find second body from empty kayak, identify victims (01-03-13) Police on Wed. afternoon (01-02) recovered the body of a man who was associated with an empty kayak found in the Columbia River last week. Crews found the body of Bradley Lynch, 50, of Gresham along Evergreen Highway just W. of Ellsworth Road, said Sgt. Troy Price of Vancouver police’s Major Crimes Unit. Lynch was previously listed as a missing person. Lynch was the boyfriend of Teddi Watanabe, 51, of Vancouver, whose body was found in the Columbia River on Dec. 28. Watanabe was found by Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife crews. She had no ID on her and was wearing outdoor clothing and a floatation device. Police believed there was a 2nd person missing after finding an empty kayak on the eastern tip of Government Island. Price said there is no indication that any more people are missing. There will not be a criminal investigation. Read full story here.

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