Boating Accident News 4/9/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 04-09-2013 10:02 AM

  
04-06-13 MIAMI BEACH, FL 1 dead after boat capsizes off So. Fla. Shore The search for a boater took a tragic turn Sun. (04-07). A man sitting in the back seat of a police car was just one of the survivors of a deadly boat ride off the S.Florida shore. Investigators said he was one of 4 people aboard a 23-ft. boat that capsized and left everyone on board no choice but to try and swim to shore in the dark. "There were 4 men that were out on a boat," said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll. "And we understand that possibly the rough seas caused the boat to capsize and the men made a desperate attempt to try to make it to shore but only 3 of them made it; one did not." Chaos then broke out at an apartment complex on 63rd and Collins Avenue late Sat. night when residents said the 3 men that made it to dry land asked for help because their friend was missing. Residents hoped for the best. USCG helicopters circled the area where the last boater might have been as crews desperately scanned for any sign of a person out in the water. "There are boats in the water looking," said Bruce Fitell. "I see the helicopters coming back and forth." After about an hr. of searching for the missing man, crews found a body of Ramon Ulloa-Rodriguez early Sun. morning (04-07) inside the surf line at 59th St. and Collins Avenue. "They pulled that person to shore," said Carroll. "And it's unfortunate that the person did not survive." The FWC said they don't believe alcohol was a factor. They believe the reason the boat capsized was because of the windy conditions and the waves. The 3 surviving men were taken into police custody to explain what happened but they do not believe any foul play was involved.Read full story here.
 
04-07-13 SAN PEDRO, CA 6 Rescued From Capsized Boat Near San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach Authorities Sun. (04-07) rescued 6 people from the water near San Pedro’s historic Cabrillo Beach after their boat capsized. Erik Scott, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles FD, says firefighters responded to the sinking vessel about 7:03 a.m. The USCG says the boat ran aground and hit the break wall rocks. No hosp. transports were required. Scott said the boaters appeared to be uninjured. The cause of the capsize was not immediately known but Scott said the boat possibly had too many people aboard. Read full story here.
 
04-06-13 YOUNGSTOWN, NY 3 rescued after boat capsizes in Lake Ontario Rescue crews battled 5-ft. swells Sat. afternoon (04-06) as they raced to the scene of a capsized boat with 3 Allegany Co. men aboard in the frigid waters of Lake Ontario, about 4 mi. from the mouth of the Niagara River, off Old Fort Niagara. Common sense and good fortune helped the 3, who were fishing, to survive. The men – identified only as 2 51-y/o men from Wellsville and a 61-y/o man from Andover – were said to be in stable condition following the late-afternoon rescue by American and Canadian CG crews, assisted by a team from Lewiston Fire Company No. 1. But the ending could have been very different, said CG Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Deats-Cascio, who participated in the rescue. One of the boaters, according to the Niagara Co. Sheriff’s Office, called 911 to say the 19-ft. boat was encountering heavy waves and filling with water. Minutes later, about 3:40 p.m., the boat capsized. Faced with the prospect of immersion in 37-degree water, the 3 men made the decision to stick together and climb atop the overturned vessel, keeping them out of the water for the roughly 45 min. it took rescue crews to arrive. It was a life-and-death situation. “When we arrived, they were huddled together atop the boat,” said Deats-Cascio, who noted the men were wet from 3-4-ft. waves crashing over the boat. He also said only one of the 3 wore a lifejacket. Two of the men were taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hosp. in Lewiston. Mercy Flight flew the 3rd, who had a pacemaker, to Erie Co. Medical Center in Buffalo. The 3 used a cellphone and a GPS to help rescuers track them down. Though there is heavy ice presence in much of the Niagara River because of the recent removal of the state Power Authority ice boom, ice was not much of a factor in navigating the lake. Officials did not say what caused the boat to capsize, though conditions on the lake were choppy. The boat – a Crestliner – sank and was not recovered. “The air is warm enough for boating season, but water temperatures are still dangerously cold,” said Deats-Cascio, who was officer of the day at Station Niagara. Read full story here.
 
04-06-13 HARTFORD, IL Two men still missing after Mississippi River boating accident Rescue crews Sun afternoon (04-07) were still searching for 2 North County men whose boat capsized on the Mississippi River in windy conditions Sat. (04-06). The Illinois DNR Conservation Police were sweeping the shoreline with boats equipped with sonar equipment, said Chief David Owens II of the Hartford FD. The recovery effort, which resumed at 8 a.m. Sun. and also included the Roxana and South Roxana FDs, stretched from Hartford — about 17 mi. N. of downtown St. Louis — S. to the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Investigators have not released the names of the 2 men or the 10-y/o boy who was pulled from the Mississippi early Sat. The boy was rescued by people on a nearby towboat. Owens said it was likely the boy had been in the water 10-15 min. He was taken to a hosp. and later returned home with his mother. Owens said one of the missing men is the boy's step-father, and the other is a family friend. The men are ages 49 and 60 are both from Bellefontaine. The boat carrying the boy and the 2 men capsized at 1:45 p.m. Sat. near a dock. The missing men were reportedly not wearing lifejackets when the boat overturned. Owens said the recovery mission was helped by calmer weather conditions Sun. For safety reasons, some agencies declined to put rescue boats in the water Sat., and one turned its boats around as the wind picked up. Read full story here
 
04-05-13 WACO, TX Boat Catches Fire At Local Marina, Sinks; Occupants Swim To Safety A boat on which a man and 2 young girls were preparing to go out on the Bosque River caught fire early Fri. evening (04-05) at the McLennan Comm. College Marina, forcing the 3 to jump into the river to escape the flames. The fire broke out just after 5:30 p.m. Fri. as the man started the boat. He and the girls were able to swim to shore safely and no one was injured. The boat, however, sank in the river, and a game warden was trying to figure out how to raise it. A FD hazmat team was cleaning up fuel that spilled. The cause of the fire was mechanical, firefighters said.Read full story here.
 
04-04-13 EVERETT, WA Man, dog rescued from grounded boat off Jetty Island A 42-y/o man and his dog were rescued from a 35-ft. yacht Fri. morning (04-05) near the Everett Marina, said the USCG. Around 2:30 a.m., a distress call was made to the CG from a man on board a boat with his dogs off the SE end of Jetty Island, across from the Everett Marina. The man told authorities he took off around midnight and ran into rocks. He stayed until help arrived. When the CG couldn’t reach the yacht, they called the Everett PD marine unit around 4:30 a.m. The man and his dog were rescued from the boat, and they were not injured. Crews plan to tow his boat back into shore in the afternoon. Read full story here.
 
04-05-13 CHICOPEE/HOLYOKE, MA Two Taken to Hospital after Boat Capsizes on Connecticut River Emergency crews were called to the Conn. River Fri. afternoon (04-05) for a report of a boat capsized and people in the water. The call came in around 5:00 p.m. Holyoke Fire Lt. Thomas Paquin says that firefighters launched a boat onto the river near the I-391 overpass but it was not needed. Crew boats from Jones Ferry Marina were out on the river when one of them tipped over. Five people – including an instructor and 4 students – ended up in the water as a result.  They were all wearing life jackets. That’s when another crew boat came by and picked them all up getting them out of the water.
When they arrived on shore, Paquin says they were checked over by paramedics.  Two were transported to the hosp. to be evaluated. “They were cold and wet, but okay,” explains Paquin. Read full story here.
 
04-07-13 PINELLAS COUNTY, FL Search and rescue efforts for man who went missing from his boat Sunday resumes Search and rescue efforts for a man who went missing from his boat Sun. afternoon (04-07) resumed Mon. morning (04-08). Pinellas Co. investigators say 49 y/o Michael Rhine of Pinellas Park disappeared in the waters near Fort Desoto Park. Deputies say he was working on his engine at Bunces Pass, fell off his 24-ft. boat, and never resurfaced. Rescue crews searched from just before 5 pm to 10 pm trying to find him. John Scribner has been boating since he was a child and was fishing today with family and friends. He says Bunces Pass  can be treacherous, even for experienced boaters. Officials say the man was wearing red shorts with no shirt or lifejacket.Read full story here.
 
04-04-13 REDONDO BEACH, CA Boat sinks off Redondo Beach harbor A 34-ft. Catalina sailboat crashed into the rocks outside the Redondo Beach harbor breakwall in high winds Thur. night (04-04). The FD towed the vessel off the rocks, but the boat had taken in more water than firefighters could pump out. As a result, it was relocated to a position just outside Joe’s Crab Shack, half-immersed. The sailboat was in the process of being removed Fri. afternoon (04-05). A spokesperson from the Redondo Beach FD said 3 people were aboard when the sailboat began sinking, but all were  retrieved safely Thur. night. He said that, to his knowledge, no one was injured.Read full story here.
 
04-06-13 GALVESTON, TX Coast Guard rescues stranded sailboat in Galveston Two people were rescued from a stranded sailboat in Galveston on Sat. night (04-06). At about 10 p.m., the USCG received a call from the Galveston PD about a sailboat that ran aground on the N. jetty. The CG dispatched a 45-ft. response boat, but the water around the vessel was too shallow to get close enough to make a rescue, spokesman Steve Lehmann said. Galveston police called on a commercial vessel towing company, which was able to get close enough to recover the 2 people on board. No injuries were reported. Read full story here.

04-06-13 STOCKTON LAKE, MO Canoe Accident at Stockton Lake Leaves One Man Dead A canoe excursion turned fatal as one man drowned Sat. night (04-06) at Stockton Lake. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 21-y/o Wade Brown and 20-y/o Stanley Kleeman, both form Golden City, Mo., were out on Stockton Lake in Brown's 2013 Pelican Canoe. Around 9:30 p.m. the canoe had been tied up to a tree about 20 yds. from shore. As the pair of men attempted to untie the canoe from the tree, the canoe capsized, causing both men to go into the water.  Brown resurfaced and was able to swim the 20 yds. to shore and find safety on dry land. Kleeman never resurfaced. His body was later found near where the canoe had flipped. Read full story here.

04-07-13 OAKLEY, ID Man Drowns In Idaho Reservoir After Strong Winds Caused His Boat To Flip Over A south-central Idaho man has drowned after strong winds caused his small boat to flip over, throwing him into the icy waters of Oakley Reservoir. Cassia Co. Undersheriff George Warrell says rescue personnel were unable to resuscitate 63-y/o Larry Tominaga of Paul after he was removed from the 45-degree water Sun. afternoon (04-07). Coroner Craig Rinehart said on Mon. (04-08) that Tominaga was wearing a lifejacket, but drowned after succumbing to the effects of the cold. Warrell says witnesses who tried to swim out to Tominaga turned back because the water was too cold. Read full story here.

04-08-13 NORFOLK, VA USCG assists boat taking on water A 24-ft. boat ran aground Sun. evening (04-07) after taking on water in Norfolk. Lt. Brendan Salerno with the USCG said the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. near Little Creek Inlet at 24th Bay Street and E.Ocean View. CG crews arrived on scene around 8 min. later. The 24-ft. Sting Ray took on water and intentionally ran aground. Everyone on board was safe and no one was injured. Norfolk fire crews assisted. Salerno said the scene cleared around 9:45 p.m. Read full story here.

04-06-13 YOUNGSTOWN, NY Coast Guard rescues 3 men from frigid Lake Ontario Rescue crews battled 5-ft. swells Sat. afternoon (04-06) as they raced to the scene of a capsized boat with 3 men aboard in the frigid waters of Lake Ontario, about 4 mi. from the mouth of the Niagara River, off Old Fort Niagara. Common sense and good fortune helped the 3, who were fishing, to survive, officials said. The men, who were not identified, were said to be in stable condition following the late-afternoon rescue by American and Canadian CG crews, assisted by a team from Lewiston Fire Company No. 1. But the ending could have been very different, said CG Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Deats-Cascio, who participated in the rescue. When the 19-ft. pleasure boat capsized at about 3:40 p.m. in 37-degree water, the 3 men made the decision to stick together and climb atop the overturned vessel, keeping them out of the water for the roughly 45 min. it took rescue crews to arrive. It was a life-and-death situation, he added. ”When we arrived, they were huddled together atop the boat,” said Deats-Cascio, who noted the men were wet from 3-4-ft. waves crashing over the boat. He also said only one of the 3 wore a lifejacket. Two of the men were taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hosp. in Lewiston. Mercy Flight flew the 3rd, who had a pacemaker, to Erie Co. Med. Center in Buffalo for evaluation. The 3 used a cellphone and a GPS to help rescuers track them down. Though there is heavy ice presence in much of the Niagara River because of the recent removal of the state Power Authority ice boom, ice was not much of a factor in navigating the lake, Deats-Cascio said. The recreational boat was towed to safety.

04-05-13 MIAMI, FL Seville family found in Everglades after boat trip Miami Dade authorities have found a family of 5 from Seville, Ohio lost in the Florida Everglades and they are all OK. The family has been identified as Scott Schreck, 44; his wife, Carrie, 40; and their 3 young children, 9, 7 and 4. Scott Schreck talked to reporters when he got back on dry land. "...took a wrong turn...took a right and couldn't get the boat turned around...it was a good fishing trip...caught quite a few bass..." he said. "...the boys slept overnight...we had plenty of food and water..." They were found by a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter and firefighters were lowered to the ground to assess the situation, said Florida FWC spokesman Jorge Pino. Authorities were able to hear the family blowing horns and whistles. It looks like they got stuck in that dense vegetation in the Everglades," Pino said. Authorities used airboats and helicopters to conduct the search. The family launched their boat Thur. (04-04). Authorities say they searched more than 1,000 square miles in the Everglades and a wildlife management area. Florida FWC officials said the family's airboat is painted in camouflage and was difficult to see. The area had thunderstorms and rain Thursday and Friday. Read full story here.

04-06-13 ATLANTIC OCEAN OFF PUERTO RICO Rowers attempting to cross the Atlantic rescued after boat capsized Two Americans and 2 Canadians attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean from Senegal to Florida were rescued after a rogue wave capsized their boat 73 days into the expedition, the USCG said on Sun. (04-07). Canadian Olympic gold medalist Adam Kreek was among the 4-man crew rescued about 400 mi. N. of Puerto Rico. The rowers were hoping to travel more than 4,000 miles in a 29-ft. rowboat on an journey from Dakar, Senegal, to Miami. CG crews found the men on Sat. morning (04-06) after receiving a distress signal and a personal locator beacon sent from one of their lifejackets. They were picked up by a passing cargo ship in good health, the Coast Guard said. The men were forced to abandon their rowboat for a life raft when the boat suffered a "catastrophic capsize event," said Greg Spooner, vice president of OAR Northwest, which helped organize the attempted crossing with the Canadian Wildlife Federation. On Fri. (04-05), the rowers - Kreek, Canadian Markus Pukonen and Americans Patrick Fleming and Jordan Hanssen - said in messages posted on Twitter that they were going through rough weather. The rowboat used wind turbine and solar panels to power research and communications equipment onboard. It also had equipment to desalinate sea water into fresh water for drinking. The boat failed to right itself after it overturned. The crew had hoped to make the crossing in about 100 days. They conducted research on marine wildlife while at sea. Read full story here.



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