Boating Accident News 5/24/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 05-24-2013 04:32 PM

05-19-13 NATICK, MA Firefighters corral runaway boat on Lake Cochituate Out for a kayak ride on normally calm Lake Cochituate, Barbara Gilmore was surprised to see a boat that resembled a Zodiac making circles in the lake. "This inflatable Zodiac was going around and around and around in circles," Gilmore recalled of the Sun. morning (05-19) incident. "My first reaction was ‘That’s unsafe at any speed.’ Then I realized there was no driver." Gilmore said a worker at nearby Charles River Canoe and Kayak and a fisherman had pulled the boat operator, who was wearing a life jacket, from the water after he fell off the boat. When firefighters arrived on scene, though, they had to corral the boat. Gilmore and others watched as firefighters from their own boat attempted to grab it with grappling hooks before eventually nudging it to shore where it appeared to get hung up in shallow waters, she said. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Tota said firefighters arrived around 11:30 a.m. and had left the scene by noon. Firefighters nudged the boat with their boat until they were able to control it. Tota said he cannot recall a similar incident in Natick. Read full story here.
05-22-13 MAYO, MD Man drowns after falling off boat The DNR and the USCG are trying to figure out what caused a 70-y/o Hyattsville man to drown at Holiday Hill Marina in Anne Arundel Co. Officials say calls came at about 9:00 p.m. saying that a man had gone overboard from a boat at the marina. When emergency personnel arrived, they found William Eckert in the water not breathing.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. Eckert's cause of death is still under investigation.Read full story here.
05-22-13 NEWPORT, RI Docked Boat Burns in Newport A privately owned powerboat docked at Newport Onshore burned down to the waterline around 5:30 Wed. morning (05-22), according to the Newport FD. No injuries were reported. A witness said, when investigators were on scene, the boat was emitting black smoke and flames. The boat's name is reportedly Plan B. The boat has been towed to Newport Shipyard where it will be pumped out. The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently under investigation by the Newport Police and Fire Depts. Read full story here.
05-23-13 0KALOOSA ISLAND, FLA Kayaker's Boat Found, Kayaker Still Missing The yellow kayak belonging to a man who has been missing for 10 days is found on Okaloosa Island Thur. (05-23). James Kane III and his dog were last seen kayaking May 13th on Lake Frederick Beach near Pensacola. According to investigators, the kayak was found on the shoreline on Eglin Air Force base property on Okaloosa Island about noon Thur. but still no sign of Kane or his dog. "We've searched over 5,600 sq. mi. of ocean and the bays and inlets from Navarre to Alabama. We're not able to locate this young man or his dog," said Stan Kirkland. Investigators are still looking for other items Kane had taken with him including a black and silver pelican brand kayak paddle, a camouflage "dry bag", a dark red ski vest style jacket and on olive green Columbia brand broad rim hat. Read full story here.
05-21-13 KEY WEST, FL Pics Released of Man Missing on Boating Trip Authorities on Tue. (05-21) released a photo of a Alaskan man who went missing after living in Key West for the past year. Jay Rydberg, 40, was reportedly living on 39-ft. trimaran sailboat in the Garrison Bright Marina. He had moved from Alaska to be closer to his son, who lives in Lehigh Acres. Rydberg's sister Jill Lesseig, who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, said her brother sailed from Key West to Fort Myers and was returning aboard his sailboat called "3/4 Time." He called his sister on May 13 and told her he would be arriving in Key West Tue. or Wednesday night (05-22). Early Tue. morning, the USCG detected his EPIRB and started searching for him for 78 hrs. The beacon was found 33 mi. N. of Key West. But no signs of the Rydberg or the boat were found. The weather was not good the night the beacon went off, with 20 kt. winds and 3-ft. seas. Read full story here.
05-22-13 ITHACA, NY Cornell Student Reported Missing After Canoe Outing on Cayuga Lake Christopher Dennis ’13 was reported missing Wed. (05-22) after separating from friends to canoe alone on Cayuga Lake at around 5 a.m. that day. Seneca Co. officials and Cornell students are continuing to search for Dennis, whose canoe was found overturned in the middle of the lake.
Earlier this week, Dennis — a 22-y/o Ithaca resident and a Sun videographer — was camping with friends in Trumansburg, N. of Taughannock State Park, according to an email sent by Danfung Dennis, Dennis' brother, to members of the Cornell community. At about 5 a.m. Wed. morning, Dennis left the campsite alone with a canoe. When he did not return to the campsite later that day, his friends looked for him, found his canoe overturned in Cayuga Lake and called police. Throughout Wed., police searched both shores of Cayuga Lake by plane, boat and on foot while volunteers searched the shore around Sheldrake Point, where Dennis' canoe was seen, according to a flyer compiled by organizers of the search. On Thur. (05-23), volunteers gathered starting from 5 a.m. to resume the search. Read full story here.
05-19-13 LINCOLN CITY, OR Salem man badly injured in jet ski competition A Salem man was seriously injured when one of his ribs cut into his kidney after he fell off a jet ski during the Devil Lake Dash jet ski competition in Lincoln City. Erik Loomis was flown by helicopter to Salem Hosp. on Sun. (05-19), where he later underwent surgery to repair his ruptured kidney, according to the Northwest Jets Sports Association. Loomis was warming up for the freestyle event during the nd day of competition when the crash occurred. Read full story here.

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