Boating Accident News 4/16/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 04-16-2013 01:11 PM

04-13-13 SAN DIEGO, CA 3 rescued after boat capsizes near Coronado Islands off Mexico Three people were rescued after their boat capsized near the Coronado Islands off Mexico. The 17-ft. fishing boat capsized at about 1 p.m. Sat. (04-13) near the northern island of the Coronado Islands, according to the USCG. Another boater in the area pulled the 3 fishermen out of the water and onto his boat. The capsized boat then somehow flipped upright and was partly submerged. The other boater secured the boat with some line to keep it from hitting the rocks. A Vessel Assist team from San Diego brought the boat and fishermen to Shelter Island.Read full story here.
04-13-13 HOUSTON, TX Man drowns in Lake Houston while fixing boat A man who was boating with 2 small children on Lake Houston died Sat. morning (04-13) after falling into the water. The accident happened about 10:40 a.m. on the lake, according to the Houston FD. A resident of the neighborhood near the accident said it was her understanding that the man was working on the small boat's motor. While leaning out of the boat, the man fell into the water and may have been injured by the motor, she said. His body was recovered from the water. A paramedic at the scene told her that the victim was not a resident of the neighborhood. Homes in the area have individual docks, but the man had apparently arrived from outside the area, she saidRead full story here.
04-12-13 BOCA GRANDE, FL Boca Grande boat collision leaves 2 people injured Two boats collided in Bull Bay off of Boca Grande Fri. afternoon (04-12). Authorities say one of the boats was going around a blind corner at about 30 mph. That boat, piloted by 20-y/o Jesse Smith of Port Charlotte, hit another boat. Smith was not hurt. The 2 people hurt were on the boat that got hit. A passenger was thrown from the boat and is in critical condition at the Lee Memorial Trauma Center. The operator of the boat had head injuries. Read full story here.
04-12-13 SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY Suffolk Police Rescue Disabled Boat in Great South Bay Suffolk Marine Police rescued 2 boaters off Fire Island Pines Fri. afternoon (04-12) and brought the boat occupants to safety. A boat became disabled about 2 p.m. about ½ mile N. of Fire Island Pines. The day's gale forces and 5-ft. waves presented poor visibility. Officers Robert Daniels, Daniel Smith, and Kevin Comiskey on Marine Kilo located the 38-ft. lobster-style vessel using GPS coordinates. The boat is used for transporting workers to and from Fire Island Pines. The officers attached a tow line to the disabled vessel and towed it 3 mi. to Brown’s River in Sayville.
The captain of the boat, Ramy Latif, 37, of Wantagh, along with his crew member were not injured. Read full story here.

04-13-13 HUNTERSVILLE, NC 1 air-lifted to hospital following boat crash in Huntersville A boating accident Sat. (04-13) at Mountain Island Lake in Huntersville left one person seriously injured. Authorities say the driver of the boat was working on it and took it out on the lake. He somehow got distracted and ran the boat onto the shoreline and into the woods. The driver of the boat was seriously hurt and airlifted to CMC Main. Officials say his injuries are life threatening.Read full story here.
A boat that capsized at the site of the future downtown dock over the weekend was towed to the Napa Valley Marina before a small crowd of spectators Mon. afternoon (04-15). The boat apparently took on water after the owner tied it too tightly to one of the old dock pylons at low tide, then went off to eat lunch. As the tide rose, the craft, estimated at nearly 20 ft., was swamped. The owner, who has not yet been identified, contacted the Napa Valley Marina on Sun. (04-14) to request help when pumps failed to refloat the vessel, said Becky Giovannoni, whose husband, Tom, is a co-owner of the company. Giovannoni said the boat owner, who possibly lives out of town, explained that he tied the boat up when the river was at low tide and returned from lunch to find that the ropes had been too tight and the boat was held down when the tide came in. Napa Valley Marina brought in two small boats Mon. morning that were unable to upright the capsized craft, so it delivered a barge that had a boom that was able to turn the vessel over. By late afternoon Mon. the boat was being towed to the marina for repairs. On Sun. night, the Napa FD set up a hose around the capsized boat and absorbent pads to contain leaking fuel, which could be seen and smelled, said Capt. Josh Pero. On Mon. morning, the FD was called back to fix the hose and pads, which had floated somewhat overnight. The fuel could still be smelled Mon. afternoon. Volunteers with the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa Co. and other groups picked up at least one greylag goose that had come into contact with the fuel. The bird was set to be taken to the International Bird Rescue in Cordelia. At midday, several volunteers walked the banks of the Napa River in the area with nets looking for other birds that might have been contaminated. The boat was tied it to one of the pylons from the former Fourth Street boat dock. On Tue. (04-16), the Napa City Council is set to award a construction contract for the new dock, which could be in operation later this year. Read full story here.
04-13-13 LAKE MURRAY, WI Five hospitalized after Lake Murray boat crash Two adults and 5 young children were sent to the hosp. Sat. night (04-13) after a boat collision on Lake Murray. The South Carolina DNR says the collision happened near Spence Island around 9:00 p.m. when a 24-ft. cuddy-cabin boat hit a pontoon boat. After spending the day fishing on the lake, a grandfather and his 3 grandchildren had planned to spend the night on the pontoon boat.
Investigators say they were anchored near Spence Island when the cuddy-cabin boat hit them. The ages of the kids on the boat ranged from 3 to 8 y/o. One of the children suffered a broken arm. The other 2 children and the grandfather were treated and released. The driver of the 24-ft. boat was also hospitalized. His condition is not known. DNR says charges have not been filed, but investigators have not ruled them out. Agents are trying to determine if proper lighting was used by both of the boats and if alcohol was involved. Read full story here.
04-14-13 OCONEE COUNTY, SC Rescue officials: Man drowns after falling from boat Oconee Co. fire and rescue officials said the man had fallen from a boat shortly after 4 p.m. in the Fall Creek area of the lake, S. of the Highway 11 Bridge. Responding crews said the body of the man was located in in about 40 ft. of water in the popular waterfall cove shortly before 6 p.m. He was not wearing a lifejacket. Officials said an 18-y/o man and 2 minor children also were on the boat. The Oconee Co. Coroner identified the man as Charles Keeney, 35, of Easley. According to the Oconee Co. coroner Karl Addis, no traumatic injuries were found and no pre-existing conditions were found to have caused him to have a seizure as reported by a witness. Addis said Keeney could swim, but after falling into the lake, he apparently made no effort to swim. Addis said Keeny died of drowning and has ruled the death an accident. Specimens collected during the autopsy will be sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement for toxicology analysis. Read full story here.
04-15-13 NICE, CA Kayaker rescued after boat overturns near Nice A kayaker was pulled from Clear Lake on Mon. afternoon (04-15) after his boat overturned several hundred yards from shore. Northshore Fire Protection District personnel were dispatched just before 1:30 p.m. on the report of a man in the water. Pat Brown, the district’s deputy chief, said firefighters arrived to find the overturned kayak and the man about 300 yds offshore. Initially, firefighters had requested 2 helicopters – one from the California Highway Patrol and one from the USCG – to assist with the rescue, said Brown.
However, a State Parks boat from Clear Lake State Park in Kelseyville was able to cross the choppy lake and pick the man up from the water, said Brown, who added that the sheriff’s patrol boat is off duty on Mondays. Brown said firefighters warmed up the man, whose name was not released, but didn’t end up transporting him. “He walked home,” said Brown. “He did not want to go to the hospital.” Brown estimated that winds on the lake were steadily at around 25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. Firefighters were released from the scene just after 3 p.m. Read full story here.
04-14-13 BEAUFORT, SC Diver rescued after boat overturns A diver was rescued in the Morgan River on Sun. evening (04-14) by agents with the S.C. DNR after his boat overturned. Beaufort Water Search & Rescue sent out 2 boats after people on Judge Island who had been watching the diver reported at 6 p.m. that he hadn't been seen for some time, said spokesman Dick Jennings. When the volunteer rescuers arrived, they discovered the diver had swum ashore amid rough waves and was being tended to by DNR. The USCG still is deciding what to do with his boat, Jennings said.
It was the 2nd rescue call the group received over the weekend after 2 women reported their boat was taking on water in the Broad River on Sat. afternoon (04-13), Jennnings said. In that case, rescuers towed the boat, which had stalled about a mi. from the Broad River Bridge.Read full story here.
04-13-13 LANCASTER, PA Reading man missing after boat capsizes on Susquehanna Crews are still searching for a man who disappeared after a fishing boat capsized on the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania. The small boat capsized near Jacks Island around 11:40 a.m. Sat. (04-13) while the 57-y/o Reading man and his wife were on board. Officials say his 57-y/o wife was rescued and taken to Lancaster Gen. Hosp. Since the accident, divers and crews with underwater cameras have been searching for the man. They have also searched the shoreline and islands in the area. Conestoga Assistant Fire Chief Paul Thomas said crews would return to the area Mon. (04-15) and that the search may take several days. The couple’s names have not been released.Read full story here.
04-13-13 MEDFORD, OR Man, 4 boys rescued from Rogue River rocks after boat is swamped A man and 4 boys in a fiberglass boat that got swamped in the strong spring current of the Rogue River in southern Oregon were rescued after they were stranded on rocks. A Jackson Co. fire official says it took about 2 hrs Sun. afternoon (04-14)  to get the party off the rocks, where they were standing in water to their knees. Battalion Chief Rod Edwards said they were wearing lifejackets. He says the boat got hung up on the rocks, which kept it from sinking. They were unable to swim to shore. The man called for help on his cellphone. Names were not immediately released. Edwards said the boys' ages were about 11 to 14. Read full story here.
04-13-13 MONROE RESERVOIR, IN Bloomington man injured in boating accident Indiana Conservation Officers say a lifejacket may have saved a man’s life, after being thrown from a boat in an accident. Around 7:30 Sat. morning (04-13), Robert Gilliland and his fishing partner were motoring across the Monroe Reservoir when his 2008 Ranger Bass boat hit an object under the water, ripping off part of the boat’s motor. The accident caused the boat to stop and swing, causing Gilliland to be thrown into the water, injuring his back. His fishing partner was tossed around within the boat and not badly injured. A nearby boat was able to help Gilliland into a boat and towed the disabled boat back to shore. Gilliland was taken to IU Health Hosp. in Bloomington by ambulance.Read full story here.
04-11-13 LAKE PONCHARTRAIN, LA Coast Guard Plucks Three From Disabled Boat The USCG pulled 3 men from a disabled boat on Lake Pontchartrain on Thur. (04-11). According to the CG, the 17-ft. boat’s battery died and it was taking on water from the lake’s waves. It happened in the vicinity of the spillway. The Coast Guard used a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to lift all 3 men from the boat to safety. Read full story here.
04-13-13 CACHE COUNTY, UT Cache Search and Rescue responds to canoe trouble at Cutler Marsh Cache Co. Search and Rescue was called out Sat. afternoon (04-13) on a report that 4 individuals were out on a canoe on Cutler Marsh when the winds picked up and they couldn't get their canoe back to shore. According to the Cache Co. Sheriff's Office, a 57-y/o female, a 17-y/o foreign exchange student, a 7-y/o girl and a 3-y/o boy were getting tossed around by the winds in their canoe. The group eventually lost phone contact with other members of their party who were out canoeing with them. Search and Rescue was called out and when they got into the water they were able to locate the group. All 4 were fine but were reported to be cold and tired. All were treated on scene and released. Read full story here.
04-14-13 LIMA, OH Wapakoneta man flips canoe in Bresler Reservoir A Wapakoneta man flipped his canoe Sun. afternoon (04-14) in Bresler Reservoir, prompting rescue crews to assist him. American Township and Lima FDs were dispatched around 4:20 p.m. Sun. to the Bresler Reservoir, where Stephen Walter, 54, was treading in choppy waters. American Township crews went out on a boat and picked up Walter, who was in the cold water for more than 20 min. He was taken to Lima Mem. Health System and treated for hypothermia. Read full story here.
04-11-13 VADER, WA Lewis Co. man dies after canoe capsizes in log-strewn creek A woman made it to safety but her 57-y/o husband died after their canoe capsized Thur. night (04-11) in a log-strewn creek near Vader. Lewis Co. sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, Stillwater Creek in Vader, at about 8:30 p.m. Thur. after receiving a 911 call about a canoeing accident, said Chief Deputy Stacy Brown. The caller, a 38-y/o Vader woman, said she and her 57-y/o husband had been canoeing in Stillwater Creek when their molded plastic canoe capsized near Highway 506. The woman reported she was able to make it to the creek bank. She said she last saw her husband hanging onto the canoe near the bank and then he disappeared. The woman said the couple had started off near their residence on Brim Creek Rd. and had planned to canoe to the Brim Creek Bridge. The Lewis Co. Sheriff’s Office, with help from Lewis Co. firefighters, conducted a search and found the overturned canoe. About 10 min. later, they located the man's body. He was submerged, face down, against a log 100 yds. upstream from where the canoe was located. The search was conducted in the dark. The water temp. was 43 degrees at the time the man was located. Neither the husband nor wife were wearing lifejackets or had them in the canoe. Brown said Stillwater Creek is not known to be a creek for canoeing. The area is heavily wooded with many log jams in the creek. The creek is about 25 ft. across in most areas and the current is swift in many places. he name of the victim was not immediately released.Read full story here.
04-15-13 HUDSON, NH Unconscious Man Pulled From Sinking Kayak An unconscious man spotted floating in the Nashua River in a half-submerged kayak was rescued by crews from Nashua and Hudson FDs Mon. (04-15).  Hudson Fire Chief Todd Hansen said his FD received multiple calls from people who spotted the man in the kayak from both sides of the river at about 1:30 p.m. "Several people were outside based on the nice weather today and we have many houses in Hudson  that abut the river," Hansen said. We got multiple calls, as did Nashua Fire." When rescuers reached the man in the kayak he was unconscious but breathing. "When we dropped him off at the hospital he was still alive and breathing," Hansen said. Although fire officials did not release the name of the man, Hansen said they know his identity. Read full story here.

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