08-07-13 PENOBSCOT BAY, ME Coast Guard investigates Penobscot Bay yacht-rock crash The 70-foot sailing yacht Archangel, a charter boat with a homeport of Newport, R.I., hit East Goose Rock early Wed. afternoon (08-07) went aground, dismasted and rolled onto its side. On Thur. (08-08) few involved with its rescue and salvage were talking about the recovery, given its status as a marine casualty. The fiberglass boat was built 2 yrs. ago, and valued at $2.4 million.
No one was seriously injured in the collision with the rock, according to USCG Station Northern New England Chief Matthew Couling, and the boat was stabilized by a crew from Wayfarer Marine, who were among the first on the scene. Crews from CG Station Rockland also assisted. As of late Wed. night, a crew from Prock Marine was at the boat, waiting for the return of high tide to float the boat off the rocks and haul it to shore. While the CG identified the grounding at Goose Rocks, some more familiar with the waters there said the boat went aground on Appledore Ledge, which is close by the rocks. The 8 onboard the boat were transported to Camden. The Archangel hit the rocks between 1 and 2 p.m. while under full sail, said witnesses who were out on the water. The force of the crash caused the mast to fall. Sailors on the water estimated the boat was traveling at 6-7 kts. The boat was apparently on a course for North Haven. High tide was close to noon and the wind was out of the S-SE, at approximately 10 kts. Lasell Island lies at the southern end of Islesboro in Penobscot Bay. Sailors say that at high tide the rocks have approximately 4 ft. of water above them. The Archangel, others sailors said, hit the rocks soon after 1 p.m. The Archangel, it is estimated, draws 7 ft., 6 in. On Thur. the CG said the crash is considered a marine casualty and is therefore under investigation. Officers with the CG Station Belfast are now interviewing the captain and passengers. Parties involved with the rescue and salvage of the boat are declining to comment on the situation, given its investigatory status. The boat has been hauled to Wayfarer Marine in Camden. The Archangel was built in 2011 and is a Hylas 70, designed by yacht designer German Frers. Read full story here.
08-03-13 PIKEVILLE, KY Shelbiana fisherman's body found in Fishtrap Lake in eastern Ky., died during tournament Rescuers have recovered the body of a Shelbiana fisherman from Fishtrap Lake in Pike Co. The body of 51-y/o Tim Newsome was found shortly after 4 p.m. Sun. (08-04). One of Newsome's friends, Bill Adkins, said that Newsome was competing in an all-night fishing tournament when other participants found his boat still in gear and running in circles. Adkins said the lake was very foggy Sat. night (08-03). Chief Glen Adkins of Millard Fire and Rescue said Newsome's body was found about 25 ft. from the bank and within 75 ft. from where his boat was found. The Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is investigating. Friends said Newsome was not wearing a lifejacket. Read full story here.
Spokeswoman Denise Shultz she did not immediately have other details about how the accident occurred.
Officials on Thur. afternoon (08-08) had not yet released the man's name. Investigators said the boat's driver was distracted by children on the craft.Read full story here.
08-08-13 SACRAMENTO, CA Man found dead in fishing boat on American River Rescue crews are trying to determine the cause of death for a man found dead in a fishing boat Thur. morning (08-08). Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Captain Jon Rudnicki said crews arrived at the Harrington Dr. access point of the American River around 7:40 a.m. where the man was spotted.
The Sacramento Co. Coroner and local law enforcement was called to the scene, per standard procedure, said Rudnicki.Read full story here.
08-03-13 McGREGOR, IA Boat capsizes near McGregor Around 4 p.m. on Sat. (08-03), a 1977 tri-hull boat, operated by David Masbruch, 66, of Belmont, Wis., capsized on the Mississippi River. According to Burt Walters of the Iowa DNR, Masbruch, who also had 5 passengers on board, was at an idle speed when a big cruiser came out of the Marquette no-wake zone and opened up speed, causing a wave to wash over and fill the Masbruch boat. Alarmed at the water in the boat, the occupants stood up, causing the boat to flip. Walters said all passengers were wearing life jackets. Two passengers got gasoline on them, but were not seriously hurt. The boat, worth an estimated $650, was totaled. The operator of the cruiser was not identified. Although the cruiser was in the clear in regard to the no-wake zone, Walters said the operator did not abide by Iowa’s speed and distance rule, which says that, when moving, boats need to be 50 ft. away from one another, or, if idle, 100 ft. away. Walters said the cruiser opened up within 50 ft. of the idle Masbruch boat, which created the wave that went into the boat. Read full story here.
08-03-13 KLAMATH COUNTY, OR Canoe overturns in Williamson; one man dead A person pulling crawdad traps from the Williamson River with a friend Sat. night (08-03) was pronounced dead on the scene. The Klamath Co. Sheriff’s Office was called out to Witam Bluff Drive at 9:08 p.m. to the report of a capsized canoe. Sheriff’s Chief Patrol Deputy Martin Rowley said when the vessel overturned, one man escaped. A neighbor used a personal boat to recover the other man and started CPR. But when paramedics arrived the man was pronounced dead.
08-08-13 BOSTON, MA Coast Guard: Man aboard 31-foot sailboat missing The USCG is searching for the sole crewmember aboard a sailboat making a Maine-to-Florida trip that hasn’t been heard from since Sun. (08-04). The CG says 61-y/o Stephen Crane last reported his position as he rounded Cape Cod, Mass., Sun. They say his sister notified the CG the 31-ft. Southern Cross sailboat called the Austina did not arrive in Cape Hatteras, N.C., as expected Thur. afternoon (08-08). Crane departed Portland, Maine, on Aug. 1 and was headed to Fernandina, Fla. The CG says its sectors along the East Coast are attempting to reach the Austina. Additional crews are scheduled to make aerial searches Fri. morning (08-09).Read full story here.
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