Boating Accident News 3/12/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 03-12-2013 04:18 PM


03-08-13 SAN CLEMENTE, CA 1 Dead, 5 Injured During California Sail Boat Race One person was killed and 5were injured after a sailboat named Uncontrollable Urge lost steering and broke apart in the surf during a race near San Clemente Island in Southern California. A mayday call was issued by crew on board the 30-ft. sail boat around 9:26 p.m. Fri. (03-08) after the boat’s rudder failed, according to a news release from the USCG. The crew initially stated they were not in need of assistance and declined assistance from both the CG and other boaters involved in the race. The sailors requested assistance from a commercial salvage company, however they were unable to launch due to weather conditions. An attempt to anchor the boat around 11 p.m. failed, the CG said, and the boat drifted closer to San Clemente Island. When the boat entered the crashing surf, the sailors were forced to abandon the vessel. A helicopter crew rescued the 6 sailors, however one was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

03-08-13 GRENADA LAKE, MS Judge Lundy hurt in boat accident Chancery Court Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. was airlifted from Grenada Lake after a boating accident Fri. afternoon (03-08). Details were sketchy, but according to Sheriff Alton Strider, Lundy suffered severe trauma to a leg after he was ejected from and then run over by his boat.  A source close to the Lundy family said part of one of the judge’s feet was amputated, and he was expected to have surgery Sat. morning. “He was fishing,” said Strider. “The fishermen around him didn’t see anything.”  The accident happened near Choctaw Landing, which is near the south-central part of the lake. Strider could not say whether anyone was in the boat with Lundy when the accident happened. Lundy was airlifted to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.Read full story here.

03-06-13 CAPE LOOKOUT, NC Sailboat rescued off Cape Lookout Two men were rescued by the USCG Wed. (03-06) after their sailboat became disabled off of Cape Lookout. Jim Southward and Pat Schoenberger were aboard the Andante II approximately 25 mi. E. of Cape Lookout at about 5:34 p.m. when they contacted the CG that they had lost engine power, steering and were taking on water. When an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from CG Air Station Elizabeth City arrived the 2 men jumped into the water and swam away from the sailboat, allowing the aircrew to hoist the men while avoiding the hazard of the sailboat’s 41-ft. mast. The men were hoisted into the helicopter and taken to the air station. There were no reports of injuries. Read full story here.

03-09-13 MILLVILLE, NJ Two rescued after boat capsizes in Maurice River Two boaters on the Maurice River were in over their heads Sat. (03-09) after their boat capsized. It happened around 4:30 in the afternoon. The 2 adults were boating with their dog when their boat capsized, sending them into the cold river. Unable to stand, they drifted in the river until they found themselves in shallower water. They were picked up by rescue teams and taken to the Regional Medical Center to be evaluated. Their dog has not been found. Read full story here

03-10-13 DANIA BEACH, FL Man Critically Injured In Dania Beach Boat Fire One man was critically injured, a child hurt, when a fire broke out on a boat at a marina in Dania Beach. Around 1:30 p.m. Sun. (03-10), a 19-ft. cabin cruiser caught fire while at the fuel dock at the Harbour Towne Marina. The Broward Sheriff’s Office said a man on the boat, who was critically injured, was taken to Memorial Regional Hosp.  in Hollywood.  He was then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hosp. in Miami. A child, who received minor injuries, was also taken to the hosp. There was no one else on the boat. Broward Sheriff Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the boat. Its cause is now under investigation.Read full story here.

03-07-13 EAST GREEENWICH, RI Anchored Boat Runs Aground During Storm

A sailboat anchored in Greenwich Cove dragged its anchor Thu. (03-07) during the nor'easter, running aground just S. of the Goddard Park boat launch. The boat was towed to the town dock and has permission to stay there for 2 days while other arrangements are made. The same boat drifted up the cove 2 weeks earlier and had to be towed. According to Harbormaster Jim Cullen, the boat's anchor was a single small Danforth-style of only about 8 pounds – the sort of anchor a boater may use for a short-term anchoring. "It's completely inadequate for a storm, or for long-term use," he said. Cullen, who is currently out of state but has been kept abreast of the issue by the Warwick harbormaster, said it's unusual for a boat to be anchored over the winter in Greenwich Cove. There are rules against anchoring in the ferry ways or in the mooring field which pretty much rules out the cove for anchoring. The owner of the boat is a commercial fisherman who is away for weeks at a time.  As far as anchoring and leaving it over the winter in Greenwich Cove, Cullen said, "This is very unusual." He said the boat's owner will be cited. Read full story here.

03-10-13  SHORES, AL 2 hurt in boat explosion, fire near Gulf Shores Police said 2 people were hospitalized after an explosion caused a boat to catch fire near Gulf Shores. The 24-ft. boat was in the ICW near Gulf Shores when the explosion happened on Sat. afternoon (03-10). Four people were on board, according to Gulf Shores police. One person was taken by helicopter to the USA Medical Center Burn Unit. A 2nd victim was taken to S. Baldwin Hosp. The other 2 were not hurt. The cause of the explosion and fire remains under investigation. Read full story here.

03-11-13 GREAT SMOKY MOUNTIANS NATIONAL PARK, TN Man injured in canoe accident in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Steve Senior, 65, of Bridgenorth, Ontario, was seriously injured Mon. (03-11) in a canoe accident above The Sinks area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 12:41 p.m., the park Communications Center received an emergency call reporting that an individual was pinned under water. Senior was visiting the area to attend the “Ain’t Louie Fest,” which includes a series of river trips loosely organized by a group of whitewater enthusiasts. Senior became trapped after his canoe capsized and he was swept downstream. Many members of the group are well trained in swift water rescue and immediately began rescue operations. Just as emergency responders arrived on scene, the group pulled the injured party out of the water and began CPR. National Park Service rangers, along with emergency personnel from Blount Co. and Townsend, TN, transported him by litter from the riverbank to a Rural Metro ambulance. Senior had reportedly been under water for approximately 30 min. and was unresponsive when he was rescued, but later had spontaneous heartbeats and respiration. He was transported by ambulance to Blount Memorial Hosp.where he is in critical condition. The Townsend VFD., Townsend PD., Blount Co. Sheriff’s Dept., and Blount Co. Fire also responded to the incident.  Little River Road was closed for over an hour to allow for emergency traffic. Read full story here.

03-09-13 HOUSTON, TX Crews end search for missing man after empty kayak discovered Officials say they have ended their search for a missing 32- y/o man after his capsized kayak was found Sat.  afternoon (03-09). The Harris Co. Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Cy-Fair Fire and Rescue say they have suspended all operations, pending any additional information on the missing Kayaker. Harris Co. sheriff's deputies said they received a call around 2:45 pm Sat. afternoon after neighbors found a capsized kayak floating in a retention pond. Authorities said when fire rescue arrived on the scene; they did not find anyone near the kayak. "We did a 360 search of the retention pond area and also with the assistance of the Dept. of Public Safety's helicopter, we did an aerial search," said Deputy Gilliland Thomas. Deputies are looking for 32-y/o Ryan Smith, who was seen fishing on the lake Sat. morning. The Dept. of Public Safety also joined in the search. A helicopter's FLIR was used, which is a thermal energy camera to scan the water for any temperature deviations in the lake. Read full story here.

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