Boating Accident News 1/18/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 01-18-2013 10:49 AM

  
01-12-13 HANOVER, NY Western NY duck hunter rescued from Lake Erie after kayak overturns therepublic.com (01-14-13) Authorities used a personal watercraft to rescue a duck hunter whose kayak had overturned in Lake Erie. The Chautauqua Co. Sheriff's Office received a report of a man in the water in Hanford Bay in the town of Hanover shortly after 9:30 Sat. morning (01-12). Sheriff's deputies and rescuers from Silver Creek and Sunset Bay headed to the scene. The hunter, 46-y/o Raymond Adamczyk of Hamburg, was pulled from the water about 500 ft. from shore. He was wearing a life jacket at the time. Read full story here.

01-12-13 JACKSONVILLE, NC Kayaker recovered from creek identified  jdnews.com (01-14-13) Authorities identified Mon. (01-14) a kayaker whose body was recovered from Queens Creek over the weekend. Graham Hoard, 28, of Swansboro, disappeared while kayaking Sat. (01-12). His body was discovered Sun. morning. Hoard’s age had previously been misreported by authorities as 26. Hoard's fiancée Keisha Burgess said he had gone out fishing and when it began to get dark she began to worry. She said she called the authorities after 8 p.m. While fishing on Queens Creek on Sat., Swansboro resident and retired Marine Col. Bob Hayes spotted an unattended kayak in shallow water. He stated he took the kayak home to try and find its owner. Later in the day he saw a news report about a missing kayaker and realized he might have the missing kayak, so he called the Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Office. The search for Hoard was already well underway. Federal, state and local rescue workers looked for him Sat. night before calling off the search due to heavy fog in the area. Queens Creek is shallow and full of unseen shoals and oyster bars, USCG spokesman Craig Sanders said. He added that the CG used special night vision equipment to search for Hoard Sat. night at the mouth of Queens Creek. On Sun. the search resumed with a helicopter from Cherry Point and boats from the N.C. Marine Patrol and the Swansboro and Western Carteret fire depts. Hayes assisted in the search, guiding searchers to the spot where he found the kayak the day before. “They were searching on the east side of Queens Creek and I told them, ‘You’re in the wrong spot,’” Hayes said. Hayes said the body was dressed in jeans and a white shirt and still wearing sunglasses. “He had a few cuts on his face,” Hayes said, adding that rescue personnel quickly placed the body in a bag and transported it to a dock downstream. Hoard’s body was found in the water of Queens Creek adjacent to Halls Creek, not far from where he was believed to have been last seen, Swansboro Fire Chief Bob Penrod said. The circumstances surrounding Hoard’s death are still being investigated, but foul play is not suspected. Read full story here.

01-13-13 OROVILLE, CA  Cause of houseboat capsizing won't be known until vessel recovered chicoer.com (01-13-13) More information came to light about a houseboat that capsized Sun. morning (01-13) in Lake Oroville, but California State Parks officials won't be able to determine exactly what caused the incident until the vessel is back on shore, rangers said. A 1972, 50-ft-long houseboat owned by Danny Johnson of Live Oak was floating upside-down in the lake after toppling and rolling in the middle of Bidwell Canyon Marina. State Parks Ranger Kirk Coon said in a phone call late that marina staff had been keeping an eye on the vessel, which had been reported as listing to starboard a couple of days before it capsized. Marina employees checked on it at 8:45 a.m. Sun. and it was fine. When they went back 2 hrs. later, it had capsized. No one was aboard. State Parks Ranger Travis Gee said that the vessel did not sink. Instead, it's floating completely upside down at the water surface and is moored to a boom on a marina barge.  A recovery operation is under way. Gee said they haven't been able to fully check out the houseboat.  "It's in the process of being righted and pulled out of the lake," said Gee. "We haven't had a chance to look at the vessel." Big Valley Divers is doing the salvage operation with State Parks and Bidwell Marina. State Parks is supervising the recovery. So far, the houseboat looks intact and there aren't any apparent environmental leaks, such as fuel or waste.  Before righting the houseboat, crews will secure it tightly to make sure the vessel doesn't pull apart as it's lifted out of the water. Coon said he expects the boat to be recovered by Wed. afternoon. Once it's upright, it will be taken ashore and moved to the nearby boatyard so investigators can determine what happened. Gee would not speculate about what caused the incident, but he did talk in general terms about what would cause a boat to topple over. Typically a boat will capsize, roll over or sink because it has taken up water somewhere, possibly from damage caused by poor maintenance or neglect, from striking something underneath or being hit by another boat. There's probably some damage to the pontoons or something to cause it to take on water. We won't know until we take it out and look at it. We'll see what we have and come up with definitive ideas of what happened. Coon added that wind and weather were not factors in the incident.  No other houseboat was affected in the incident.  As for why the boat didn't sink, Coon said there is still air in both of the pontoons, which is why the houseboat is still able to float. Read full story here.

01-16-13 EMERALD ISLE, NC Old Chart Caused Him To Run Aground Off Emerald Isle witn.com (01-17-13) Three men were rescued by the USCG after their sailboat ran aground and started taking on water Wed. (01-16). Men were traveling from Morehead City to Myrtle Beach. CG officials say they were using an old chart to navigate the Bogue Inlet. They thought they were going through a channel, but ran their 26-ft. sailboat aground. A bystander saw the accident and called authorities around 6 p.m. Conditions were too hazardous for the CG 45 ft. and 24 ft. boats that responded to reach the men. A Coast Guardsmen waded through the choppy waters to bring the crewmen from the grounded boat to safety. All 3 men aboard the sailboat were checked out by EMS and are OK. The boat owner is from New Jersey. Read full story here.

01-15-13 EAST HADDAM, CT
Man, dog rescued from Lake Hayward in East Haddam   middletownpress.com (01-16-13) Firefighters from East Haddam, Colchester and Salem responded to Lake Hayward Tue. morning (01-15) to rescue a man trying to rescue a dog. Salem was the first dept. to arrive at the lake where firefighters were met by a resident who pointed in the direction where a dog was in the water and struggling to pull itself onto the ice, according to Salem Fire Chief Eugene Maiorano. Closer to the shore, firefighters could see a man in a kayak attempting to rescue the dog. “A neighbor was out there and pointed out the dog, because we couldn’t see it from where we were,” he said. What responders could see was the dog’s owner, a man who lives in the area, in a kayak trying to reach his dog. “His dog was through the ice and he was stuck in the ice on the kayak,” Maiorano said. “Our first concentration was to get him off the ice... we went for him first. The crew then went back out to get the dog.” Maiorano said ice on the lake, which is approximately one-and-a-half mile long and a half-mile wide, varied in thickness from very thin to thick enough to support the weight of firefighters walking on it. The lake lies partly in Colchester and partly in East Haddam. Maiorano said the man’s pants had gotten wet at some point, but he did not require any medical attention. The dog, a German shepherd, was put in the back of the ambulance to get warm, then went home with his owner. Read full story here.

01-16-13 DELANO, TN Father, 2 Children Still Missing After Boat Overturns In Hiwassee River  chattanoogan.com (01-17-13) An adult and 2 children are missing after a boat overturned in the Hiwassee River on Wed. (01-16). The children are said to be under 10-y/o. A Delano, Tn., man was making a canoe trip with his 5children when the craft overturned near where the Hiwassee meets the Conasauga River. The location is near Delano, which is in Polk Co. Three of the children made it safely to shore. Rescue crews called off the search around dark on Wed.and searched again from daybreak Thu. until around noon. Read full story here.

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