Boating Accident News 5/14/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 05-14-2013 12:02 PM

  
05-09-13 BELLPORT, NY Stranded boater rescued off Fire Island Police have rescued a Long Island boater who got stranded on a sandbar near a Fire Island inlet.
Suffolk Co. police say the man's 19-ft. Carolina Skiff got hung up on the ocean side E. of Bellport Beach in Bellport. The boater, Luigi Moscardino of Patchogue, called 911 around 1 a.m. Thur. (05-09). Suffolk Police Marine Bureau and USCG vessels located the boat around 2:30 a.m. Police say Moscardino was operating his vessel without any working navigation lights. Moscardino was not injured. He was issued summonses for equipment violations. Read full story here.
 
05-12-13 ATLANTIC OCEAN SE OF CAPE COD, MA Coast Guard assists in rescue of crew of dismasted boat 350 miles southeast of Cape Cod The USCG helped to rescue 4 Canadian sailors after their boat lost its mast 350 mi. SE of Cape Cod. The CG command center in Boston received a distress call around 5:30 p.m. Sun. (05-12) from Le Romarin II, a Canadian boat en route to Quebec from the Carribbean. It was not immediately clear what had caused the boat to lose its mast. After receiving the initial distress call from Le Romarin II, the CG scrambled a jet and located the crippled boat. An attempt to lower a radio to the crew and establish communication failed. The CG sent out a call for a nearby ship participating in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System to help. The MSC Chicago, a 1,040-foot private cargo ship, answered the call and rescued the sailors around 9:30 p.m. Sun. They are being transported to the MSC Chicago’s next port of call in Italy, where they will be able to catch a flight to Canadas Read full story here.
 
05-11-13 CORSICANA, TX Boat capsizes in Corsicana; two men dead, four children survive Two men died after the 14-ft. aluminum boat they were on capsized during a family outing on a private stock pond Sat. night (05-11) in Corsicana. Fernando Rodriguez, 43, and Francisco Gomez, 25, were riding in the boat with 4 children — a 12-y/o, a 7-y/o, and two 2-y/o’s — when the boat flipped over. Authorities responded to the incident around 6 p.m. Sat. Three of the children were able to escape the water immediately, said Navarro Co. Sheriff Elmer Tanner. The other child, one of the 2-y/o’s, was later recovered alive. Tanner said the child was taken to a Dallas hosp. and was reportedly in stable condition. One man was the father of one of the 2-y/o’s, another was an uncle. Authorities are classifying the deaths as accidental drownings. There were no flotation devices on the boat. Read full story here.
 
05-11-13 ROCKY BAYOU, FL Boat destroyed in fire in Rocky Bayou A 31-ft. boat was destroyed after it caught fire while en route in Rocky Bayou about 3 p.m. Sat. afternoon (05-11). A man and his wife and dog were on the boat when it caught fire, said USCG Petty Officer Jeff Mitchell. They were able to steer the boat to a pier near the Bluewater Bay Marina and get off the vessel safely. Another boat pulled the boat that was on fire out into the middle of the water so it would not burn down the pier. The Niceville FD sent a boat to the scene and found the vessel fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to put out the fire, but the boat sank anyway and was a total loss. The CG has placed 3 white buoys and a marker light around the sunken boat. The Florida FWC is investigating the cause of the fire. Read full story here.

05-12-13 PENSACOLA BEACH, FL At least four injured in Pensacola Beach boat crash Several people are recovering after a boat crashed into the Bob Sikes Bridge. The accident happened around 5 p.m. Sun. afternoon (05-12) in the ICW between Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze. Four people, including 2 children, were taken to Sacred Heart Hosp. for treatment. Emergency crews from Santa Rosa and Escambia Co. responded to the crash. Florida FWC is investigating. Read full story here.
 
05-13-13 JANESVILLE, WI Man pulled from Rock River after boat capsizes Rescue squads pulled a man from the Rock River on Mon. morning (05-13) after his boat capsized.
The boat tipped over N. of a bridge for the city bike path just before 11:30 a.m., according to the Rock County 911 center. The boat's lone occupant, Brian Spangler, held on to one of the bridge's supports as police and fire rescue crews arrived, Janesville FD Shift Commander Bill Ruchti said. They were able to get a lifejacket and rope to Spangler, then helped him get to shore, Ruchti said. Spangler was not injured or taken to a hosp. Spangler's boat was left floating down the river, Ruchti said, and has since gotten caught on a cable upstream from the Monterey Dam. With a strong current and high water to deal with, crews are still deciding what to do with the boat. "We’re taking our time to sort out what action, if any, is going to go on from here," Ruchti said. Read full story here.
 
05-10-13 SUNNY ISLES, FL Family Safely Escapes Boat Blaze A family’s plan of spending the night on their boat changed suddenly with the sound of a smoke alarm. Four adults, a 17-m/o and 2 dogs were on board the 33-ft. Sea Ray Cabin Cruiser in the waters off Bay Harbor Islands when the smoke alarm sounded. “The smoke alarm went off and when we went inside to check the smoke was coming out of the side of the boat. We went inside right away and we got the kid out and we jumped,” Raul Varela explained. All passengers aboard, dogs included, were able to escape the fiery boat without injuries by way of a dinghy. Varela heard explosions as the family escaped.
Captain Charles Hansen with a commercial towing co. responded to the call. “I tried to fight the fire with my pump but it was insufficient so I radioed the USCG. I told them to get the fire crew by the bridge,” said Hansen. Chief Gary Fregeolle from Miami Dade Fire Rescue had Hansen tow the boat toward a bridge so they could spray water. “It’s very difficult to maneuver. I was towing off the vessel’s anchor chain since I didn’t have time to pull up the anchor. At some point it got wrapped up in my propeller and I almost collided with it on fire so it was quite risky but all in all it turned out well,” said Hansen. There was not much left on the boat to salvage, but Varela and the rest of his family are thankful for their escape, and better yet their smoke detector. “That’s why you’ve got to keep the alarms on those things at all times,” said Varela. Read full story here.
 
05-11-13 NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI Boat catches fire in lightning storm A 45-ft. boat caught fire during a lightning storm Sat. night (05-11). Fire crews are still investigating if lightning caused the fire, crews on scene said. The boat was docked at the Wickford Cove Marina in N. Kingstown. There are no reported injuries.Read full story here.
 
05-11-13 HADDAM, CT Boat Runs Aground on the CT River Members of the Haddam VFD responded to a boat that ran aground on the Connecticut River and a passenger who suffered a head injury on Sat. (05-11). Haddam’s Marine-13 Rescue Boat was launched from Haddam Meadows State Park as command was established down river at Midway Marina. Members treated the injured man and transported him to the marina. From there, he was taken via Haddam Vol. Ambulance Service to Middlesex Hosp. Two other passengers were brought to shore and the vessel was later towed.  Haddam Fire was assisted by E. Haddam’s Marine-15. The incident remains under investigation by the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection's Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police Division. Read full story here.
 
05-13-13 PORTSMOUTH, RI Rescue Crews Save 5 From Sinking Boat in Sakonnet Five people were rescued Mon. evening (05-13) near the Portsmouth shore after their boat began taking on water in the Sakonnet River. "We received a report from the USCG that there was a boat taking on water in the Sakonnet River," said Portsmouth Fire Chief Michael Cranson. The powerboat with 5 on board was traveling from Connecticut to a Portsmouth marina when it struck an object in the Sakonnet River around 6:30 p.m. Rescue crews and boats from Portsmouth, Middletown, Tiverton, Providence and Warwick, as well as the CG, were called to respond. Boats from Middletown, Tiverton and Portsmouth were the first to arrive. Mutual aid from Warwick and Providence was later canceled.
All 5 people on the boat were transported to shore. The boat was secured by anchor about 500 ft. N. of the Glen Manor House dock. No injuries were reported.Read full story here.
 
05-09-13 KENTUCKY LAKE, KY Boating Accident on Kentucky Lake Kills Fisherman A fisherman was killed in a boating accident Thur. afternoon (05-09) on Kentucky Lake near Marshall Co. Timothy Clippard, 51, of Jackson, Mo., was steering his boat under the Eggners Ferry Bridge when he struck an underwater pier structure. The impact caused the outboard motor to break off and fly into the boat killing him. Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources Officer Garry Clark said Clippard was fishing with a partner in a local bass tournament when the incident happened. The duo was making its way to the tournament location for a weigh-in ceremony. Clark said the unidentified partner suffered no serious injuries. Read full story here.
 
05-12-13 MADEIRA BEACH, FL 2 boaters rescued from water after sailboat tips over off Madeira Beach Emergency crews responded to reports of a sailboat that tipped onto its side off Madeira Beach. According to Pinellas Co. Fire-Rescue, 2 boaters were in water near the sailboat, but were able to stay in water that was not over their heads until being rescued. It is not yet known what caused the boat to tip over in the water. The boaters have not been identified.Read full story here.
 
05-03-13 LAKE TAPPS, WA Jet ski collides with dock, two hurt Two people were seriously hurt in a jet ski accident that happened in Lake Tapps around 5 p.m. Fri. (05-03), said a spokesman with E. Pierce Fire and Rescue. Firefighters said 2 people were traveling at a high rate of speed when the jet ski collided with a dock on Island 21, an offshoot of Driftwood Point. Crews from E. Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and found the victims on the ground. They had been thrown nearly 30 ft. from the dock by the impact of the crash. The 2 people injured were transported to local hospitals with potential life-threatening injuries. The Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the crash.Read full story here.
 
05-12-13 LAKE ST. CLAIR, MI Couple in canoe rescued from Muscamoot Bay A man and woman paddling in a small canoe were rescued in Lake St. Clair on Sun. morning (05-12) when they ran into trouble due to strong winds in Big Muscamoot Bay. The couple, of Chinese descent who could barely speak English, was rushed to McLaren Macomb Hosp. in Mount Clemens where they were treated for hypothermia, said Petty Officer Zach Ogden of USCG Station St. Clair Shores. They were removed from the canoe by a CG rescue swimmer who was lowed from a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. The man and woman became lost while canoeing near New Baltimore. It was not immediately known why the couple was on a small boat during 48 degree temperature and stiff 7-9 kt. winds. CG St. Clair Shores was notified of the couple’s distress cellular telephone call by the Macomb Co. Sheriff’s Marine Patrol. They told authorities they could see land but could not reach it because of the stiff off-shore winds. “They spoke very little English so we couldn’t determine their exact position,” Ogden said. “We were able to use their cell phone signal to pinpoint their exact location.” Ogden said the CG launched their 25-ft. response boat but the water was too shallow in Muscamoot Bay for the boat to reach them. A helicopter was then launched from the Detroit station. A rescue swimmer was lowered and the couple was successfully removed from the canoe at 11 a.m. on Sun. Read full story here.
 
05-11-13 RIPLEY, IL Saturday night canoe accident results in missing person A Rushville resident has been missing since Sat. night (05-11) after a canoe accident in the La Moine River near Ripley, Illinois. According to the Schuyler Co. Sheriff's Dept., Josh Hart went missing after getting in a canoe accident. Deputies were called to the scene around 11 p.m. on Sat. Hart is still missing. Illinois State Police are currently investigating the accident. Read full story here.


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