Boating Accident News 5/7/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 05-07-2013 05:07 PM

05-05-13 FT. MYERS BEACH, FL Boaters rescued near Fort Myers Beach The USCG Sun. night (05-05) pulled 5 boaters from the Gulf after their boat started taking on water.
The boaters were about a mile offshore when they called rescuers shortly after 7 p.m. reporting their boat was starting to capsize and they needed assistance. A 33-ft. Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew from Fort Myers Beach was sent to the rescue and removed the men from the water. The CG reported a few were cold and upset but had no major injuries. The 5 boaters all had their lifejackets on. Read full story here.
05-04-13 SAN DIEGO, CA Family of 3 rescued after boat capsizes about 2.5 miles off coast of La Jolla A family of 3 was rescued Sat. (05-04) after their boat capsized of the coast of La Jolla. The vessel, which was described as a 21-ft. recreational boat, capsized at about 11:30 a.m. off La Jolla Shores. More than 2 hrs. later, people aboard the sports fishing boat New Seaforth spotted the victims – a 47-y/o father and his sons, aged 18 and 24 – in the water and brought them on board. Crew members jumped into the water to rescue the family that had been stranded at sea for hrs. Two nurses who were on a fishing trip aboard the boat helped perform CPR on the men before lifeguards arrived on deck.
Lt. John Everhart, who is with San Diego Lifeguards, said, "The conditions are very rough with the winds that we have. The crew on board the New Seaforth... they did a heroic job of getting the 3 people on board their boat." All 3 men were taken to UCSD Med. Center to be treated. The father and older brother have been released, but the 18-y/o remains hospitalized.Read full story here.
05-04-13 SAN FRANCISCO, CA America's Cup Youth Racing Boat Capsizes The San Francisco-based team representing the U.S. in the upcoming Red Bull Youth America's Cup capsized their 45-ft. boat during a practice run on the Bay on Sat. (05-04). The American Youth Sailing Force, a team of sailors ages 19 to 24, was the first team to capsize their boat while preparing for the youth race, which runs in September. Their professional counterparts racing in the America's Cup race also capsized on the bay waters during a practice run several months ago. Back in October, a nearly $8 million, 72-ft. catamaran used by the Oracle Team USA capsized near the Golden Gate Bridge. No one was hurt in either capsize. In October the boat suffered severe damage. The weekend capsizing did not seriously damage the boat. "It went over nice and gently," helmsman Michael Menninger said in a statement. "The main things are that everyone is safe and there is no significant damage to the boat or wing. It's good we are pushing our sailing and learning as a team." Repairs were under way today on the boat, which is expected to be water-ready again by the time the team sails on Fri. (05-10). Read full story here.
05-05-13 TAUNTON, MA Man charged with OUI in deadly boating accident A Sun. evening (05-05) on the Taunton River turned deadly for a Taunton man. Now, the man driving the boat is facing criminal charges. Anthony Rose, 46, of Taunton was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail during his arraignment in Taunton District Court Mon. morning (05-06). Rose was charged with OUI homicide by vessel and negligent operation of a boat in the death of Manuel Pinheiro, 47, of Taunton.
According to the Bristol Co. District Attorney's Office, Rose was intoxicated while driving his boat at a high rate of speed on the Taunton River shortly before 6 p.m. Pinheiro, a passenger on the boat, was struck in the head when the boat hit a tree that was protruding out of the water. Paramedics rushed Pinheiro to Morton Mem. Hosp., where he was pronounced dead. Police say Rose failed field sobriety tests and members of the Massachusetts Environmental Police placed him under arrest. The district attorney's office said the matter was still under investigation. Read full story here.
05-05-13 LOS GATOS, CA Boat capsizes, 2 men drown near Los Gatos Two men died Sun. (05-05) after a canoe carrying 4 family members capsized in the Lexington Reservoir S. of Los Gatos, the Santa Clara Co. Sheriff's Office said. None of the boat's occupants was wearing a life vest when the vessel capsized around 1 p.m., said Deputy Kurtis Stenderup. The 4 were members of one family, although Stenderup did not know their exact relationships. The identities of the victims and the 2 survivors were not immediately released. A 16-y/o girl and a 25-y/o man were able to swim safely to shore. Deputies located a 35-y/o man about an hr. after the boat overturned. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hosp. in San Jose, where he was pronounced dead. The department's diving team, using sonar that can scan the bottom of the reservoir for irregular objects, then found a 30-y/o man. He was also taken to Good Samaritan, where he was later pronounced dead. Deputies were still investigating the cause of the accident and whether the weather was a factor.Read full story here.
05-06-13 WAIKIKI, HI Man hospitalized following Ala Wai Harbor boat explosion A boat exploded at the Ala Wai small boat harbor Mon. morning (05-06), sending a man to the hosp. Three people were on the 43-ft. fiberglass sport yacht when the explosion occurred at about 9:20 a.m. Two people escaped unharmed, but a man in his 50s is in serious condition, according to EMS officials. The men told investigators that moments before the explosion, they were using small gasoline containers to fill the boat so they could take it out for a ride. The USCG and Dept. of Land and Natural Resources are helping with the investigation into the cause. Investigators say the blast caused about $100,000 in damage.Read full story here.
05-04-13 GREENWICH, NJ 2 Pennsylvania men rescued after boat sinks in Delaware Bay Two Pennsylvania men escaped serious injury when the 20-ft. boat they were in sank in waters off southern New Jersey. State police said that 45-y/o Richard Stevens of Philadelphia and 21-y/o Matthew Puglin of Plymouth Meeting made a distress call just before 6 p.m. Sat. (05-04). The men reported the boat was taking on water about a mi. off the Cohansey River in Delaware Bay. The State Police Marine Unit at Bivalve responded along with the USCG and rescue crews from Lower Alloways and Greenwich townships. The men were soon spotted clinging to a cooler in the water.
Authorities say both men were treated for hypothermia. Read full story here.
05-05-13 MARATHON, FL Boat goes up in flames, catches nearby boat on fire, then sinks electrical problem may have caused a fire early Sun. (05-05) at a Marathon marina that destroyed 2 boats. The 4:51 a.m. fire started aboard a 1977, 32-ft. Trojan motorboat docked near Pancho's Fuel Dock Supplies, but spread to a nearby 1985, 34-ft. Chien Hwa boat, according to fire and state wildlife officials. The Trojan then drifted across the canal toward an adjacent restaurant, Burdines Waterfront, where it sank. There was no damage to the nearby fuel dock at Pancho's Fuel Dock Supplies nor to Burdines Waterfront, said Marathon Fire Rescue Chief John Johnson. "Both boats were fully involved when we arrived. Once the fires were out we turned the scene over to the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) and the USCG." Johnson added there was no damage to either dock and no one was hurt. The FWC is the investigating agency due the fire occurring on the water.
The fire appeared, as of Mon. (05-06), to have started due to an electrical issue on the Trojan, but there is no indication of foul play, said FWC Capt. David Dipre. The occupant of the Trojan reportedly tried to put out the fire with 2 fire extinguishers and a water hose before calling for help. Monroe Co. Fire Rescue responded by covering Marathon in case another call came in, as many Marathon trucks were at the marina fire, but county firefighters did not respond to the scene. Read full story here.
05-05-13 CENTER HARBOR, NH Ashland man hospitalized after boat capsizes An Ashland man was rescued Sun. morning (05-05) by a canoeist who saw him treading water and then go under after his boat capsized on Lake Winona. Spencer Hadlock, 66, was operating a 14-ft. Sea Nymph, powered by a 6-HP outboard, Sun. around 10:30 a.m. Witnesses told New Hampshire Marine Patrol investigators that he reached back toward the motor from a seated position and fell overboard. A person on shore saw him treading water for a short period of time and then go under the water. The witness, who police did not identify in a news release, got a canoe and paddled to the area where Hadlock was last seen. By then, Hadlock was floating on the surface of the water, and the canoiest was able to get him to shore and perform CPR until emergency personnel arrived. Hadlock was not wearing a PFD. He was taken to Lakes Region Gen. Hosp. and later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med. Center in Lebanon. No condition update was available Mon. morning.Read full story here.
05-04-13 ELIZABETH CITY, NC Boat runs aground in Albemarle Sound The USCG freed a 30-ft. sailboat that ran aground 15 mi. NW of Elizabeth City  in the Albemarle Sound Sat. afternoon (05-04). A crewmember aboard the sailboat South Bound contacted the CG around 1:30 p.m. reporting that his vessel had run aground and needed help. A 25-ft. CG boat responded from CG Station Elizabeth City. After nearly 2 hrs. the crew was able to free the sailboat from the shoal water. The CG crew  moored the sailboat to a pier in Elizabeth City. No injuries were reported. Read full story here.

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