Boating Accident News 2/8/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 02-08-2013 02:54 PM

01-24-13 JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ Boat Crashed by Drunk Jefferson Man, Cops Say (02-04-13) A 35-y/oJefferson Township man was arrested Thu. (01-24) after he allegedly rammed a docked boat with a boat of his own while drunk, Jefferson Police Capt. Eric Wilsusen said. Jefferson Police Officers Rodger Davis and Tim Hecht responded to the area of Chincopee Road near the ferry last week on the report of a man screaming in a boat. By the time officers arrived, Harju's boat was on top of the other vessel, which was partially submerged. Harju faces numerous Title 12 (boating) violations including DWI and refusal to submit to a breath test and was later released pending an appearance in municipal court. Read full story here.
Collier deputy rescues men in capsized boat (02-04-13) Two fishermen were rescued after their boat capsized in Collier Co. over the weekend. 48-y/o George Cruz and 46-y/o Cadir Betanceur were fishing for stone crab on Sun. afternoon (02-03). They were about 7 miles west of Gordon Pass when a wave hit their boat and filled the deck.  The men weren't able to pump out the water fast enough and the boat flipped on its side.  The fishermen hit their emergency beacon and were in the water for about an hour and twenty-minutes before being rescued by a Collier Co. Sheriff's deputy. Both men are doing OK. Read full story here.
02-05-13 LAKE RAY HUBBARD, TX Boat Catches Fire at Lake Ray Hubbard (02-05-13) Dallas Fire Rescue responded to call of a boat on fire at Lake Ray Hubbard early Tue. afternoon (02-05). The boat, which was destroyed by the fire, was at the Captain's Cove Marina on the lake's west shore in Garland. DFR's Marine 1 was called to the scene to assist fighting the fire. No injuries have been reported. Read full story here.
02-07-13 ALAMEDA, CA Alameda Sailboat Catches Fire, Man Burned (02-07-13) Firefighters were called out to the Grand Marina in Alameda about noon on Thu. (02-07) to help put out a fire on a 30-ft. sailboat, where a man was burned and flown to a hosp. Division Chief Doug Long said when firefighters were told by dock workers and witnesses that a person may still be on the boat. Long said before the firefighters could get to the boat, the man was able to jump into the water to extinguish the flames. A relative of his then pulled him out of the water. The man was taken by helicopter to Santa Clara Valley Med.Cen. with burns over 20 percent of his body. Read full story here.
02-07-13 SEATTLE, WA Woman rescued from water at West Seattle marina (02-07-13) If you wondered what police and fire were doing at Harbor Island Marina Thu. (02-07), A “water rescue” call went out around quarter past 7. The Fire Dept. had already cleared the scene by the time we got there, but police were checking out a sailboat. From both SPD and SFD, we cobbled together these details: A woman fell into the water and needed help getting out. She was spotted, but would-be citizen rescuer(s) had trouble getting to her because of locked access to the docks. Kyle Moore from SFD says a “man in a small skiff rescued her out of the water and brought her to shore. When Engine Company 36 arrived, the female patient was being warmed up in the back of an SPD car. Firefighters conducted a medical evaluation. AMR transported her to (Harborview Med. Cen.) as a precaution due to spending approximately 20 minutes in the water.” Read full story here.
02-01-13 RIDGEFIELD, WA 2 dogs killed, cat rescued in Ridgefield houseboat fire (02-01-13) Two dogs were killed and one cat was rescued in a houseboat fire on Fri. morning (02-01) on Ridgefield's waterfront. The response shouldn't have been so difficult. Calls came at about 11:30 a.m. of flames coming from a floating home on Lake River, south of the Port of Ridgefield. The problem: firefighters who were just 3 blocks from the blaze were stalled for 5 min. as they waited for a BNSF train to pass on the railroad tracks, said Tim Dawdy, a spokesman for Clark Co. Fire and Rescue. Capt. Abe Rommel was among the fire officials trying to get to the floating home. He said the train was barely moving on the tracks while the fire truck was stuck waiting. The road used by firefighter is the only one into this part of the small town, where about 100 people live. Fire officials don't know if they would have been able to save the 2 pets, but believe they might have had a chance. When fire officials arrived, the fire was fully involved on the 2nd story of the houseboat, Dawdy said. No one was at home. Two dogs were killed; firefighters were able to rescue a cat. Read full story here.

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