Boating Accident News 7/2/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 07-02-2013 02:10 PM

06-28-13 PAGE, AZ Boy, 5, killed in Lake Powell boating accidents Rangers say a 5-y/o boy is dead after a boating accident at Lake Powell. National Park Service spokeswoman Denise Shultz says the incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Fri. (06-28) near the Tapestry Wall rock formation. The child was riding in the bow of the boat when the watercraft hit a wave and the boy fell out.  
Officials say he was struck by a propeller and was killed instantly. Shultz says the people aboard the boat were all wearing lifejackets and alcohol was not involved in the accident. The name of the boy who was killed has not yet been made public. Read full story here.
06-30-13 LARIMER COUNTY, CO Man critically injured in alcohol-related boating accident on Horsetooth Reservoir A 22-y/o man was critically injured Sun. (06-30) when he fell off a boat in Horsetooth Reservoir and was run over by its intoxicated driver. The boat had approximately 9 people on it, many of whom were underage and “severely intoxicated,” according to Larimer Co. Sheriff’s Office. It’s unclear whether or not the victim had been drinking. LCSO, Larimer Co. Parks Dept., Poudre Fire Authority, Medical Center of the Rockies’ AirLink and a Poudre Valley Hosp. ambulance responded to the call. The man was taken to Med. Center of the Rockies with serious lacerations on his right side from the boat’s propeller. His condition is unknown. No identities will be released at this time, according to LCSO. An investigation is ongoing to determine whether or not the fall was accidental and alcohol-related or intentional. Read full story here.
06-30-13 UNION COUNTY, TN One man charged with BUI after Norris Lake boating accident An Andersonville man is charged with BUI after an overnight boating accident on Norris Lake. TWRA officials said the accident happened in Union Co., on the water between Waterside Marina and Point 19. Around midnight Sun. morning (06-30), officials said a runabout boat with 5 people on board ran into the back of a pontoon boat. There were 6 people aboard the pontoon. A female passenger in the pontoon boat went to Tennova-North Knoxville Med. Center with a minor head injury. Two people in the runabout boat were ejected into the water. TWRA said those individuals were not wearing lifejackets, and were assisted by another nearby boat. Their names have not been released. TWRA is still investigating the accident. Officials have charged the driver of the runabout boat, 26-y/o Joshua Ford of Andersonville, with BUI. TWRA officials said Ford and the driver of the other boat both consented to a blood sample, but the results are not yet available.Read full story here.
06-30-13 PEDERNALES RIVER, TX Man seriously injured in Pedernales River boating accident A man is in the hosp. with life-threatening injuries after a boating accident in the Pedernales River. The man was riding in the boat with friends Sun. afternoon (06-30) in the river’s intersection with Lake Travis, according to Pedernales FD. The boat hit something in the water, throwing the man overboard. It then ran him over, striking him with the propeller. STAR Flight took him to University Center Brackenridge at about 5:15 p.m. His condition is unknown. Read full story here.
06-29-13 CLARKSVILLE, TN One Person Killed, Another Injured In Boating Incident One person was killed and another was injured in a boating incident on the Cumberland River in Montgomery Co. Sat. (06-29). Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency official Doug Markham said Stephanie Burns somehow got caught in the propeller of a boat, and was deceased when first responders arrived. Officials said a 20-y/o man was also injured. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center. His condition has not been released, but officials said he's expected to survive. Burns and the man were among several people on the boat. Authorities were looking into whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. Read full story here.
06-29-13 GARDEN CITY, UT Man dies of carbon monoxide poisoning while boating at Bear Lake A 22-y/o man was killed by CO poisoning over the weekend while boating on Bear Lake. The Rich Co. Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about 7:15 p.m. Sat. (06-29) from members of a group boating on the lake, saying they thought one of their passengers was suffering from heat stroke. Emergency crews met the boat as it docked at the Bear Lake State Park Marina. The man's friends performed CPR as the boat was making its way to the marina. EMS continued medical intervention for approximately one hr. In spite of all efforts, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:32 p.m. The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be CO poisoning. The group was in an older boat that did not have an outboard engine, according to the sheriff's office. They believe the man was the only person on the boat who spent significant time pulling skiers and swimmers out of the water near the rear of the boat where the exhaust pipe was located.
None of the other passengers on the boat suffered from CO poisoning. Read full story here.
06-26-13 LAKE BELLE TAINE, MN Boating accident kills former Rochester man A former Rochester man died Sat. (06-29) from injuries sustained in a boating accident last week in northern Minnesota. David Cass, 20, of Minneapolis, fell off a pontoon Wed. (06-26) while boating near Park Rapids, and was struck by the propeller. Cass was operating the pontoon on Lake Belle Taine with 2 friends on board. According to authorities, he moved to the front of craft, fell into the lake and was struck by the propeller. When first responders arrived to the scene, Cass was found "unconscious and with a severely lacerated arm," according to a statement from the Hubbard Co. Sheriff's Office. He was immediately flown to the intensive care unit of Sanford Med. Center in Fargo for treatment.
Cass was born in Rochester and lived in Minneapolis. Read full story here.
06-30-13 ORLAND, CA Black Butte Lake drowning victim identified  The boating enforcement unit of the Glenn Co. Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred on Black Butte Reservoir Sun. (06-30).  The deceased has been identified as 29-y/o Chico resident Theodore McMorrow. A 911 call was received at the Glenn Co. Sheriff's Emergency Dispatch center at approximately 4:05 p.m. from 57-y/o Susanne McMorrow reporting her son had fallen from their vessel and her husband had entered the water in an effort to rescue him and neither one had surfaced.  The son was not wearing a PFD.   Sheriff's deputies, Orland FD, and Westside Ambulance paramedics were dispatched immediately.  The Tehama Co. Sheriff's Office was contacted but that agency did not have a patrol vessel on the water at that time. The victim's father told investigating deputies that he and his son were sitting on the rear of their boat dangling their feet in the water. The father stated his son got up, slipped and fell into the water. The son was unable to keep his head above water.  The father stated he threw a life preserver towards his son but the son was not able to reach it.  Wind conditions were such that the boat began to separate in distance from the son.  The father stated he then put on a PFD and entered the water in an effort to save his son.  With the son being larger in stature than the father, he was not able to hold his son above water.  Richard McMorrow told deputies he felt he was in the water with his son for at least 30 min., yelling for help; however, there were no other boaters near them to come to their aid.  An autopsy will be ordered to confirm the exact cause of death. Read full story here.
06-29-13 NORTH STONINGTON, CT North Stonington girl seriously injured in boating accident State environmental police continue to investigate a boating accident that seriously injured an 11-y/o girl Sat. afternoon. Dwayne Gardner, a spokesman from the Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection, said the girl, from N. Stonington, was thrown from a boat on Wyassup Lake in N. Stonington at 12:45 p.m. She was run over by the boat and suffered severe head injuries. Gardner said he would not release the name of the victim because she is a juvenile. Because no charges have been filed at this time against the boat’s operator, identified as the girl’s uncle, Gardner did not release his name. The girl is being treated at Hartford Children’s Hosp. after being flown from Backus Hosp. Her condition can’t be ascertained from the hosp. without knowing her identity. Authorities say there were 3 other people along with her and her uncle on board the 17-ft. runabout ski boat. Read full story here.
06-30-13 SEGUIN, TX Teen hospitalized after boating accident A San Antonio boy was seriously injured in a boating accident Sun. morning (06-30). Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Kevin Frazier said the 14-y/o suffered serious head injuries around 8 a.m. after his jet ski crashed into a bass boat on Lake McQueeney. For reasons not yet known, the jet ski struck the port side of the boat. The teen was thrown from the jet ski, but was wearing a lifejacket and was able to be pulled from the water. He was flown to University Hosp. in San Antonio where his condition is unknown.
The driver of the bass boat, a 55-y/o McQueeney man, was uninjured but shaken by the incident. His boat had extensive damage. The incident is under investigation.Read full story here.
06-30-13 SARASOTA, FL Sarasota Police Are Investigating a Boating Accident The Sarasota Police are investigating a boating accident. A 15-ft. boat capsized Sun. afternoon (06-30). No injuries were reported. The boating incident happened just after 12:30 p.m. about 100 yds. off the Tenth Street boat ramp in Sarasota. The 4 adults that were on the boat were picked up by other boaters. The vessel was towed in by other boaters Read full story here.
06-30-13 OLD LYME, CT Fisherman missing after fall from boat in Old Lyme Rescue workers are searching for a man who fell from a boat while fishing at mouth of the Connecticut River. The 58-y/o man is a father of 10 from Western Massachusetts, who frequently fishes in the area near Griswold Point. His name has not been released. The Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection says the man was with 3 people when he went overboard at about 8 p.m. Sun. (06-30). State conservation officers, the USCG, and local FDs all were assisting in the search Sun., which was suspended after the sun went down. The 3 other people on the boat were brought to shore by emergency crews and were unharmed.Read full story here.
06-30-13 ROANOKE, VA Claytor Lake boat collision sends 5 to hospital early Sunday A bass boat collided with a pontoon boat early Sun. morning (06-30-13) on Claytor Lake, sending 5 people to the hosp. Officers with the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries responded about 1:50 a.m. Sun. Conservation officer Troy Phillips said the bass boat struck the rear end of the pontoon boat approximately 200 yds. upstream from the Boy Scouts of America aquatic base. The 3 occupants of the pontoon boat and the 2 occupants of the bass boat were transported to the hosp. Four have been released from Carilion New River Valley Medical Cen., but one person was still hospitalized at Carilion Roanoke Mem. Hosp. on Mon. afternoon (07-01). Phillips said he was unsure of that person’s condition. The driver of the pontoon boat received a head injury, but Phillips would not comment on whether the driver was the person who remained hospitalized Mon. The Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries is not releasing the names of those involved at this time because the incident is under investigation. Conservation officer Francis Miano said the dept. is inspecting both boats, and among other things, checking the boats’ lights since the incident occurred overnight. Both Phillips and Miano said it’s common for boaters to be on the water late at night and in the early morning hours, especially on the weekends. Phillips said that in Virginia, as long as the watercraft is equipped with and displaying the proper lights, it is legal to operate at any hour. Read full story here.
06-22-13 WATERFORD, CT Six Rescued Before Boat Sinks Off Waterford A 63-ft. boat sank in Long Island Sound off of Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford Sat. (06-22) and the people on board were rescued by other boaters. Local police and the USCG also went to the assistance of the passengers. No injuries were reported. The regional police boat, the CG, state environmental police and the Goshen FD from Waterford responded to the call. Contractors were also on scene to refloat the boat, said Chief Donald Chapman Jr. of the Goshen FD. Read full story here.
06-30-13 FERRYSBURG, MI Search for Grand Rapids man missing from boat is now recovery mission Officials say the search for a man who went missing after jumping from a boat into Lake Michigan off Ferrysburg now is considered a recovery mission. The Ottawa Co. sheriff’s dept. says 47-y/o John English from the Grand Rapids suburb of Walker wasn’t wearing a flotation device. Authorities say he was a passenger on a 37-ft. boat and got into the water Sun. afternoon (06-30) when the boat stopped. About 10 others were on the boat, and they tried to get him a life ring before he disappeared. The USCG used a helicopter and a small vessel to search the area and try to rescue him. The Ottawa Co. sheriff’s dept. and Grand Haven police also were involved in the search. Ferrysburg is about 10 mi. S. of Muskegon. Read full story h ere.
06-29-13 PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL Woman Rescued After Alligator Bites Inflatable Boat Palm Beach Co. authorities say a woman was rescued after an alligator bit her inflatable boat in the Florida Everglades. Fire Rescue officials say the woman was floating on an inflatable boat in the Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge when the gator attacked the raft, causing it to sink. Rescue officials had to send an airboat to reach the woman. She was not injured, but authorities say she was "shaken up" by the event. The woman has not been identified. The wildlife refuge W. of Boynton Beach is the last northernmost portion of the Everglades. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Loxahatchee Refuge consists of more than 200 sq. mi. of Everglades habitat. Read full story here.
06-30-13 LAKE LUZERNE, NY Police: Man missing in Hudson was videotaped going over falls  A man who is missing after he went over Rockwell Falls in a rented inflatable kayak/raft Sun. (06-30) was videotaped by patrons of a nearby restaurant who watched the incident unfold, police said Mon. (07-01). State Police identified the missing man as Brian Cromie, 42, of Massena, and said the former Corinth resident was in the area visiting relatives when the boat he was in went over the turbulent falls on the Hudson River about 5 p.m. Sun. The boat was found downstream but Cromie has not been heard from since. He was described as a father of 3 who was a lifeguard and diver.
Divers searched Sun. to no avail, but did not resume the search Mon. because of high water and expected releases from Stewart Reservoir on the Sacandaga River that would affect the Hudson River’s level. The area where Cromie went under is very turbulent and dangerous. Cromie and 2 friends had rented inflatable raft/kayak hybrid boats and took them to the Hudson River in the Buttermilk state area upstream of Lake Luzerne. They were provided with life vests. They had the boats for much of the day and floated downstream late Sun. afternoon. The 2 friends pulled theirs ashore upstream of the falls, but Cromie continued downstream. State Police said it was not known whether he intentionally went over the falls, but it was believed the plunge was likely intentional. The river is wide and fairly slow upstream of the falls, even when swollen by rain. The 2 men who were with Cromie watched the river off Bay Road on Mon. morning, one speaking to a reporter for a few seconds about his friend’s extensive experience in the water. The group would not comment further. State Police said patrons at UpRiver Cafe in Lake Luzerne watched as the man and the boat floated over the falls, one person apparently videotaping the plunge. Further details on who videotaped the incident were not available Mon. The area of the river where Cromie disappeared is not used by commercial whitewater rafters or tubing outfitters. Warren Co. Emergency Services Director Brian LaFlure said, based on prior incidents at the falls, the victim was likely trapped in a turbulent “boil” of water below the falls, where other victims of the falls have been trapped over the years. The area is too dangerous for divers. “The boil there is impossible to deal with,” he said. “A lot of them have wound up there and you usually have to wait until they pop out.” A number of people have drowned in the river below or near the falls over the years. Victims of the falls in the past have typically floated out when the current weakens and river level drops. The river and many others in the region have been swelled to dangerous levels by recent rains. Rafting on the Sacandaga River had been temporarily halted Mon. to allow the river level to drop in the Hudson just downstream from the falls. Read full story here.
06-30-13 COVINGTON COUNTY, AL Man rescued after boat capsizes on river Sun. (06-30) marked the 2nd river rescue in just over a week for Covington Co. emergency personnel. Chief Deputy David Anderson said law enforcement was contacted just after 5:30 p.m. Sun. when 26-y/o Roger Pace called 911 to report his friend was still missing after their boat capsized in the Yellow River. Pace said he and his friend, Josh Nelson, had put in at a landing on H&B Road to float down to Cravey Bridge. The aluminum boat they were in capsized shortly after they left the landing, and Pace managed to swim back to shore. He had to walk several miles to a phone to call 911. Anderson said Pace told dispatchers that the last time he saw Nelson, his 27-y/o friend was holding onto the overturned boat and was floating downstream. Anderson said Sheriff Dennis Meeks and Sheriff’s Posse Captain – and District 2 Commissioner – Joe Barton were able to launch a boat at the landing and locate Nelson about 400 yds. down stream. “He had made it to land and was waiting in the woods,” Anderson said. The Alabama Marine Police and Alabama Fresh Water Fisheries officers and Alabama State Troopers officers assisted the Sheriff’s Office.
Last Thur. (06-27), 3 teens were rescued off the Conecuh River after the trio failed to return home after leaving Harts Bridge around 6 that night.Read full story here.
06-30-13 MARMORA, NJ State Police investigate Sunday boat fire in Marmora that destroyed vessel, injured three State Police said Mon. (07-01) that a fire Sun. (06-30) at All Seasons Marina in Marmora destroyed a vessel and injured 3 of 6 people who were aboard. State Police said Marmora firefighters and a commercial towing company extinguished the fire, which was due to improper fueling. Three of the 6 people from the boat were taken to Shore Med. Center in Somers Point for treatment of minor injuries to their lower extremities. State Police said the boat was a 21-ft. center-console vessel. Police said someone put fuel into the hole of the fishing rod holder and the fuel got onto the engine, where it ignited. State Police said the names of the people on the boat were not available. Read full story here.
06-29-13 LINN GROVE, IA Man drowns while launching boat at river A 61-y/o Iowa man has drowned on a river in the NW corner of the state. Robert Wiese of Greenville died Sat. afternoon (06-29). The Buena Vista Co. Sheriff's dept. says the incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. Sat. Witnesses told authorities that Wiese went into the river while working with a boat and never resurfaced. Rescuers found Wiese's body about ½ mi. downstream about 2 hrs. later. Authorities say Wiese and his small boat were swept away by the current as he was trying to unload the Read full story here.
06-29-13 CEDAR RIVER, IA Two Charles City men rescued after boat floated over dam Two Charles City men survived after their boat lost power and floated over a dam Sat. evening (06-29), according to the Iowa DNR. A pontoon boat operated by Ryan Fisher, 25, lost power and floated over a dam on the Cedar River around 8 p.m. Sat. The Charles City FD rescued Fisher and an unidentified passenger from a bridge pillar downstream from the dam. Both men were uninjured. Fisher and the passenger were not wearing lifejackets. The boat had not been recovered Sat.  evening. The Iowa DNR is still investigating the incident. Read full story here.
07-01-13 PORT BARRINGTON, IL Boat found sunk, leaking fuel at marina A man who launched his new boat for the first time this weekend had his sailing dreams shipwrecked when officials found it submerged and leaking fuel Mon. morning (07-01-13). Lake Co. Sheriff’s officers discovered the boat, still tied to a slip in a marina at the Lake Co. Forest Preserve at in Port Barrington, at 10:30 a.m., Wauconda Fire Division Chief Al Schlick said. Read full story here.
06-28-13 TIVERTON, RI Good Samaritan Saves 3 People After Boat Capsizes Three people, 2 women and a man, were rescued by an unidentified Good Samaritan Fri. (06-28)  after their sailboat capsized in the Sakonnet River. Tiverton Fire Lt. Josh Ferreira says 3 people were onboard the 10-ft. sailboat when it capsized around 3:30 p.m. Tiverton FD boats were the 1st municipal boats on scene, but a private vessel from Pirate Cove Marina reached the 3 individuals first. Read full story here.
06-29-13 WICHITA, KS Rescue at Cheney Lake ends in drowning A Wichita man drowned after helping his friend to safety Sat. (06-29) in the Sailboat Cove area of Cheney Lake. The man was found almost 3 hrs. after he was reported missing by family and friends, according to Mike Satterlee, park ranger at Cheney State Park. The victim was not identified Sat. night; however Satterlee said he was in his late teens or early 20s. He was with a group of about 10 family and friends, who were swimming together between the N. Loop and Sail Boat Cove. He was not wearing a lifejacket.
At about 5 p.m. an emergency call was made from the Ninnescah YC and Sailing Association to Reno Co. Dispatch that a person was missing in the water. Several units with Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks and Cheney FD arrived immediately and began searching with divers and using a boat equipped with side-scan sonar. It was the sonar that located the body. The water was between 6-7 ft. deep. Windy conditions or fatigue could have played a part in the drowning, Satterlee said. A complete investigation will be done both by Wildlife and Parks and the Reno Co. Sheriff's Dept. There was no indication of alcohol use. After the body was retrieved from the lake, an ambulance arrived on the scene to treat a family member. Satterlee said that anytime a lake has a river channel it's possible to find different currents. He declined to comment on why there seemed to be so many drownings at Cheney. But, he said the best way to ensure safety was to wear a lifejacket. Read full story here.
06-30-13 LAKE MEAD, NV Possible carbon monoxide exposure At 8:39 a.m. on Sun. (06-30), the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a marine band radio call, stating that several people on board a houseboat near Temple Bar were suffering from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Members of the Nat’l. Park Service, Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District and River Medical American Medical Response arrived on scene and assessed the condition of the 12 people. Five were med-flighted to area hospitals by Mercy Air and Care Flight, 4 were transported to area hospitals by ambulance and the remaining 3 were treated on scene and released.Read full story here.
06-30-13 MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SD Three rescued after canoe capsizes at Palisades Three people were rescued Sun. (06-30) after being stranded on rocks in the Big Sioux River at Palisades State Park after their canoe tipped over at 3:30 p.m. “We got a call about a canoe that had capsized with 3 occupants,” said Sgt. Preston Evans of the Minnehaha Co. Sheriff’s Dept. “When we got to the scene, one occupant was out of the water on land.” The person who was able to reach shore was an adult male. The other 2, a juvenile male and female, were on rocks on the water. The juvenile male had an injury where he couldn’t put his weight on his ankle, so rescuers lowered a sling from the cliffs above the youth to help him return to land. Evans said he didn’t observe any other injuries beyond the ankle injury. Garretson first responders, Garretson Fire Rescue, Sioux Falls Search and Rescue, Minnehaha Emergency Management and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue assisted in the rescue. Read full story here.

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