Boating Accident News 2/19/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 02-19-2013 10:06 AM

02-18-13 WEEHAWKEN, NJ NJ Firefighters Respond to Boat Fire (02-18-13) A row of 3 pleasure boats were quickly consumed by fire at the Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, New Jersey, on Mon. morning (02-18), sending a huge column of black smoke over the Hudson River and blocking out the New York City skyline. The N. Hudson Regional FD was dispatched to a reported boat fire just before the department's 0730 hours shift change. Upon arrival, units found 2 pleasure boats fully involved and fire extending to a 3rd. The boats ranged from 32-42 ft. in length. Long stretches of LDH were made to supply water to the dock involved. Deputy Chief Mike Cranwell transmitted the 2nd- and 3rd-alarms for additional personnel because of the high winds, slippery conditions due to ice forming in the below-freezing weather, and protection of the docks from burning and of people occupying larger boats in the area. Firefighters walked to each of the larger boats to notify occupants to evacuate and escorted them through the smoke to land. Cabins on the boats collapsed, creating deep-seated fire. N. Hudson Marine 2 responded, but the tide was too low to operate. Additional fireboats responded to the alarm which consisted of Jersey City Marine 1 and F.D.N.Y. Marine 1 Alpha and Marine 6. The were 2 land R.I.T. teams and F.D.N.Y. provided a marine F.A.S.T. team. A call for available foam went out to N. Hudson firehouses; it was used on the fires to complete extinguishment. The fire was declared under control at 10:19 a.m. by D.C Cranwell. Read full story here.
02-16-13 SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Bay Boat Crash: High-Speed Collision Sends Two To Hospital (02-18-13) The USCG is investigating a high-speed crash that took place this weekend between a Golden Gate ferry and a 22-ft. motorboat. Investigators were trying to determine who was at fault in the crash that took place about 4 p.m. Sat. (02-16) on San Francisco Bay that hospitalized 2 people, CG Lt. Mark Leahey said. Golden Gate Transit spokeswoman Mary Currie said the motorboat was traveling at high speed when it collided with the MS San Francisco, which was about 10 min. into its 30-min. trip from Sausalito to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The ferry was taken out of service so an investigation could take place, then put back in service on Sun. (02-17). All 5 crew members aboard will be drug tested and placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation -- a standard move in such incidents. Read full story here.
02-17-13 LAKE PALESTINE, TX 2 people rescued after boat sinks on ETX lake (02-17-13) Two men were rescued by another boater after their boat sunk on Lake Palestine Sun. afternoon (02-17).
The men were boating on Lake Palestine when their boat took on water near the Villages Marina, off FM 2661 in Smith Co. The 2 men were in the water and were able to yell for help to the shoreline. Another person then called authorities. As the authorities were arriving on the scene, another boater was able to retrieve the 2 men and bring them to the shoreline where the Noonday VFD and the Smith Co. Game Wardens were located. Both men were alert and wrapped up in blankets, and were later given oxygen. One man was transported to a local hosp. to be treated for possible hypothermia. Crews were able to locate the boat about 30-35 ft. below the surface of the lake and will retrieve it from the water. Read full story here.
02-16-13 MOREHEAD CITY, NC Boat damages bridge near Morehead City (02-18-13) Crews have narrowed the lanes on the U.S. 70 bridge between Morehead City and Beaufort after a boat hit the drawbridge. The Dept. of Transportation initially closed the bridge after a boat hit the structure Sat. night (02-16). Inspectors looked at the bridge and decided a 10-ft. lane could be opened in each direction until further repairs could be made. More work was done Sun. (02-17) in an attempt to open the entire bridge, but officials aren't sure when that might happen. Authorities say the drawbridge will continue to open once an hr. as needed. Read full story here.
02-16-13 DES MOINES, WA
Good Samaritan rescues 3 people after boat capsizes (02-16-13) A Good Samaritan rescued 3 people near Redondo Beach after their boat tipped over Sat. morning (02-16), said officials with the USCG. Just after 10 a.m., witnesses reported a 16-ft. catamaran-style boat tip over with multiple people in the water. The boat capsized about 1/3-1/2 mi. off shore. Three people went into the water. The CG responded to the scene, but a Good Samaritan on a boat spotted the people. The Good Samaritan got the 3 people out of the water and aboard their boat. The capsized boat was then towed by the Good Samaritan’s boat to the shore at Redondo. The 3 people were not injured and are OK Read full story here.
02-15-13 TANGIER ISLAND, MD Coast Guard rescues four people from grounded boat (02-16-13) The USCG rescued 4 people from a grounded boat near Tangier Island, Md., after midnight Sat. (02-16). The owner of a 36-ft. boat reported to the CG at 6 p.m. Fri. (02-15) that he ran aground with his 14-y/o son aboard. CG Station Crisfield crews were unable to reach the boaters because of low water depth around the island.  Virginia Marine Police of Newport News were able to transfer the stranded boaters onto a 25-ft. police boat, but the added weight caused that boat to run aground. A CG helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City then arrived after midnight to rescue the father and son and 2 marine police officers. Read full story here.
02-16-13 HONOLULU, HI
Fire, Ocean Safety personnel assist pair of paddlers off Black Point (02-17-13) Honolulu FD and Ocean Safety personnel assisted a pair of one-man canoe paddlers Sat. (02-16) as strong winds and high surf ushered what is expected to be a windy and rainy 3-day weekend. The 2 paddlers ran into trouble in windy conditions off Black Point and called for help about 11:30 a.m., according to Dept. of Emergency Services spokeswomann Shayne Enright. One of the 2 men experienced fatigue and was brought to Kaimana Beach via jet ski by Ocean Safety personnel.
The blustery conditions prompted the Nat’l. Weather Service to issue a series of warnings and advisories. Read full story here.

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