Boating Accident News 1/8/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 01-08-2013 09:16 AM

01-06-12 LAGUNA BEACH, CA Drunken sailor passes out, boat runs aground off Laguna Beach, Coast Guard says (01-07-13) An intoxicated sailor was arrested Sun. (01-06) afternoon after he passed out and his boat ran aground off the coast of Laguna Beach, USCG officials said. Authorities 1st got the call about a sailboat grounded at Cleo Street Beach around 3:38 p.m. It was listing to its starboard side in the surf zone with the engine still running. Officials said the sailor, identified as 47-y/o Stephen Fryer of San Diego, appeared to be intoxicated and refused orders to exit the vessel. He was eventually taken off the boat by lifeguards. He did not suffer any injuries, and no one else was on the boat, which was named "Why Knot." Fryer was booked on suspicion of boating under the influence of alcohol. Officials were not able to tow the approximately 30-ft. sailboat, possibly because the keel was stuck in the sand. There was no indication of an oil or fuel leak. As of Mon. morning (01-07), they were still trying to get the boat off the beach. Read full story here.
01-06-13 VENICE, FL
3 injured after boat catches fire in gulf (01-07-13) Investigators are trying to determine what caused a boat to catch fire off the coast of Venice. The boat came back to the S. Jetty in Venice with 2 of the 3 men still on it. The CG got a distress call from the 22-ft. cabin cruiser about 10 mi. offshore at about 1:30 Sun. afternoon. A fire had broken out and burned one man seriously. Another boater passing by brought him back to shore. The Florida FWC, Venice Police and the Sarasota Co. Sheriff's Office joined the CG in the rescue efforts. The captain suffered only minor injuries. The other 2 went to the hosp., with their injuries not life-threatening. The investigation is ongoing. Read full story here.
01-06-13 LAKE LANIER, GA Man drowns when boat overturns at Lake Lanier (01-07-13) Hall Co. authorities are investigating a drowning at Lake Lanier. Officials said that a man walking his dog Sun. near a marina spotted an overturned Jon boat near the shore. Rescue divers recovered the body of a white male. His name has not been released. Witnesses at the lake said they recalled seeing the boat about 9 a.m. Sun. occupied by a man and a woman. Read full story here.
01-02-13 ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 63-year-old evacuated from boat 44 miles off St. Augustine (01-02-13) The USCG rescued a 63-y/o man who may have broken his legs aboard a fishing boat Wed. (01-02) when the vessel took on a large wave about 44 mi. off the St. Augustine coast. According to the CG, Curtis Deal’s son contacted the Jacksonville sector about 10:45 a.m., saying his father was in pain and asking for help. A flight surgeon determined an evacuation was necessary. A 45-ft. response boat was launched from CG Station Mayport station, while an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter responded from Station Savannah, Ga. The boat arrived shortly before 1 p.m. Emergency personnel removed Deal from the 25-ft. boat and boarded him onto the rescue vessel. The helicopter then arrived and he was hoisted aboard and flown to Flagler Hosp. in St. Augustine. The Coast Guard did not have an update on his condition. His hometown also was not known. Read full story here.
01-06-13 ELKTON, OR Dog drowns in boating accident near Elkton (01-07-13) A Bend man and 2 others escaped a boating accident on Sun. (01-06) near Elkton, but his dog perished after its life vest caught on the capsized boat. Douglas Co. Sheriff's office Marine Deputies were called to the area of Hart Rapids in Elkton at about 10:30 a.m., for a report of a capsized boat and 3 people in the water. Christopher Keksi, 51, of Bend, and 2 friends were floating downriver in a Fish-Rite drift boat, when it apparently turned sideways and capsized in the rapids. Officials say that when rescue crews arrived the 3  men had made it out of the water. Deputies say Keksi had his dog with them and its vest caught on the side of the boat when it flipped, causing the dog to drown. The boat remains in the Umpqua River, and cannot be removed at this time due to the water level. Authorities say the boat is a "minimal hazard" and signs have been posted warning others to be aware of it. Officials say boaters are advised to stay to the right of the channel when going through Hart Rapids. Read full story here.
01-03-13 NEW ORLEANS, LA Coast Guard helicopter rescues man with heart disease from sailboat in stormy Gulf of Mexico (01-04-13) The USCG airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The CG was called early Thur. (01-03) about a husband and wife aboard a 64-ft. sailboat bound for Houston from Cozumel, Mexico. The man had a history of heart disease. The woman said he was slumped over and unresponsive. A CG helicopter from Mobile, Ala., hoisted the couple from the sailboat and took them to a CG station near New Orleans, where the man was reported in stable condition. He was taken to a medical clinic. Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the sailboat was left adrift and that the unidentified owner would work with an insurance company on salvage plans. Read full story here.
01-04-13 MISSOURI CITY, TX Man dies after kayak overturns on Missouri City lake Houston Chronicle (01-05-13) A 50-y/o man died after a kayaking accident Fri. (01-04) in Missouri City.
Steven Bouton and his teenage step-daughter were fishing on the 9-acre lake at American Legion Park around 3:50 p.m. when their kayak overturned. Missouri City Police and firefighters rescued both victims. Firefighters administered CPR on Bouton, but he was pronounced dead Fri. at Methodist Sugar Land Hosp., according to Missouri City officials. His stepdaughter, whose name was not released, survived. Read full story here.

01-07-13 LOUP CITY, NE Man sentenced to probation, jail time in boat accident (01-07-13) A Wood River man was sentenced to 18 months probation and 120 days in jail for charges relating to a boating accident that killed two teens on Sherman Reservoir on July 3, 2011.
Brian Packer, of Wood River, 41, was sentenced for boating under the influence. Charges of manslaughter had been dropped. Sherman County Attorney Mark Eurek said Judge Karin Noakes sentenced Packer to probation for 18 months with the usual stipulations such as staying away from drugs and alcohol with possible random testing and not driving a boat for at least six months. Packer also will have to spend 60 days in jail in October 2013 and 60 days in April 2014. Eurek said he didn’t know the significance of those dates. He had admitted to drinking before operating a pontoon boat July 3. His boat collided with brothers Joshua Rowley, 12, and Matthew McAlexander, 19, of North Carolina, who were being pulled on tubes by a speed boat. Prosecutors say Packer had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit at the time of the crash. Read full story here.
01-02-13 VANCOUVER, WA Second body found in Columbia River likely linked to empty kayak (01-03-13) A man whose body was recovered Wed. afternoon (01-02) from the Columbia River in Vancouver was identified as the boyfriend of a woman who was also found dead in the river last week. The body of 50-y/o Bradley Lynch of Gresham was spotted in the river along Evergreen Highway, near Ellsworth Road. According to Kim Kapp, spokesperson for Vancouver police, Lynch’s body was spotted by a riverfront property owner. On Dec. 28, the body of 51-y/o Teddie Watanabe of Vancouver was found under the Glenn Jackson Memorial Bridge. An empty, 2-person kayak was later found off the eastern tip of Government Island. Kapp confirmed that Lynch was Watanabe’s boyfriend. No foul play is suspected at this time, and there is no criminal investigation. Kapp said that investigators believe both victims were riding in the kayak. The Clark Co. Medical Examiner's Office reported Thur. (01-03) that autopsies conducted on both victims determined the cause of death to be hypothermia. Read full story here.
Ed. Note: The original accident was reported in the January 1, 2013 BADs.

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