Boating Accident News 8/30/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 08-30-2013 10:16 AM

08-26-13 DELTA COUNTY, MI Man injured in boating accident A Rock man is hospitalized after a boating accident Mon. evening (08-26-13). The Delta Co. Sheriff Marine Patrol responded to the accident in the waters of Big Bay de Noc at 6:35 p.m. Seventy-y/o Richard Ranguette of Garden was driving a 33-ft. pleasure vessel off of Fairport when he struck an 18-ft. fishing vessel operated by 55-y/o Gregory Frazier of Rock. Two passengers on the Ranguette vessel boarded Frazier's boat and administered first aid until an EMT from Tri Star EMS arrived on scene.
Ranguette's vessel sustained minor damage while Frazier's vessel sustained heavy damage. Frazier was transported to Schoolcraft Mem. Hosp. by Rampart EMS where he is listed in fair condition. Ranguette and his 4 passengers were not hurt. The Delta Co. Sheriff said alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The marine patrol will determine if citations are necessary. Read full story here.
08-28-13 SCHOODIC LAKE, ME Three escape death after boat capsizes on Schoodic Lake during storms Three people escaped with their lives Wed. (08-28) after their boat capsized during heavy thunderstorms. George Tucker, 75, his wife Beverly, 68, and Charles Jenkins, 77, all of Medford, were out for a ride on Schoodic Lake in a 12-ft. aluminum boat when the storm hit, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. The storms produced high winds, heavy rain and lightning. The trio were a mile from any shoreline and 2 mi. N. of the Lakeview Boat Landing around 5 p.m. when their boat became filled with water and capsized. All 3 were wearing lifejackets and were able to stay with the boat as it drifted for 2 1/2 hrs. Shortly before 7:30 p.m., a pair of bear hunters, Rick Seavey of Sanford and Mark Aventzen of Pennsylvania, had pulled over on the Schoodic Lake railroad bed to change a flat tire when he heard the trio’s cries for help. The hunters called 911, and Milo rescue personnel responded, along with Warden Dan Carroll. As the boat drifted closer to shore, the Tuckers chose to swim to shore while Jenkins remained with the boat. The couple made it back to land safely while the Milo Fire Boat rescued Jenkins. Jenkins was treated and released at the scene while the Tuckers were treated for hypothermia at Mayo Regional Hosp. in Dover-Foxcroft. MacDonald noted that wearing life jackets likely saved the trio’s lives.Read full story here.
08-23-13 LIHUE, HI Boat capsizes near Kalalau A reportedly unoccupied fishing boat capsized Fri. night (08-23) while anchored off Kalalau Beach on Kauai’s North Shore. “I don’t know how in the world this thing could have gotten turned over at night time,” said Terry Lilley, a Hanalei biologist and videographer who spent the weekend at the beach. “There was no wind. No surf.” Although the Kauai FD did not respond to the incident, county spokeswoman Sarah Blane confirmed there were no occupants on the boat at the time of the incident. “The owner made private arrangements to salvage it,” she wrote in an email. “He was apparently on the beach at the time and came back in the morning to find the boat capsized.” A phone call Tue. morning (08-27) to the USCG operations center in Honolulu confirmed that the CG did respond, but that the situation had already been taken care of by the time they arrived. Read full story here.
08-28-13 CRANE LAKE, MN Three injured in boat accident Three men were injured Wed. night (08-28) when their boat hit some rocks near Crane Lake. The boat, operated by Frank Reuling, 76, of Berryville, Va., was coming into the S. side of King William’s Narrows when it hit the rocks, about 10:15 p.m. Reuling and one passenger, John Bauserman, 68, of Winchester, Va., were thrown out of the boat, the St. Louis Co. Sheriff’s Office said Thur. (08-29). A 3rd occupant on the boat, William Stiebel, 62, of Winchester, Va., called for help using the boat’s marine radio. All 3 men were transported by the Orr Ambulance to the Cook Hosp., and later were taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Med. Center in Duluth with non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.
No one was wearing a lifejacket at the time of the accident. Alcohol was not a factor. Assisting agencies also included the Nat’l. Park Service, Crane Lake FD/First Responders and the St. Louis Co. Volunteer Rescue Squad. Read full story here.
08-27-13 GRANBY, WA Crews cleaning up fuel spill from sunken boat near Longview Government officials were working with the owner of a sunken boat Tue. (08-27) to clean up a fuel spill leaking from it. The 75-ft. Granby sunk at Willow Grove Island, which is 5 mi. W. of Longview. Cowlitz Co. issued a health advisory and is asking people not to swim or fish in the Columbia River in the Willow Grove Park area until the spill has been cleaned up or has dissipated. About 50-100 gal. of oil have spilled from the boat. They say there was about 600 gal. of oil and diesel aboard. Divers have pumped it out, however. A sheen of oil about 6 mi. in length downriver from the boat could be seen along the shoreline. Crews have deployed an oil-containment boom and oil-absorbing pads around the boat. Plans are now underway to remove the boat. What caused the boat to sink is under investigation. They think it went down overnight while sitting at a dock. Dean Wood was the first to notice the oil on the water early Tue. morning. "I looked over there and the boat was gone," he said. "I mean, we've been talking about it for years. We don't know why it was still afloat." He alerted the boat's owner who reported the spill to state authorities. Cleanup crews will clean up as much as they can, but they won't be able to recover all of it. They'll leave it up to the environment to recover what they couldn't. The boat's owner reported the incident at about 7 a.m. and hired contractors to help clean up the spill. He broke state and federal laws when the incident happened. He could face a fine or have to cover cleanup expenses. He's also responsible for setting up the crews and time to get the boat out of the water. The Granby was built in 1929 and has a wooden hull. According to the Dept. of Ecology, any oil spill will cause environmental damage. Officials are working to determine the environmental impact of the spill. Read full story here.
08-23-13 CHATHAM, MA Man missing after falling off boat on his birthday near Chatham A Needham man who turned 52 on Fri. (08-23) has been missing since falling off a boat in waters off Chatham that evening. John Fitzgerald was alone at the rear of the vessel when he went overboard, said Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe. He remained missing today. A USCG spokesman said their search was called off on Sat. night (08-24). O’Keefe said authorities are investigating the incident and he had no information on what may have caused Fitzgerald to fall overboard.Read full story here.
08-29-13 GWINNETT COUNTY, GA Body of Missing Chattahoochee Boater Identified The man who fell from his fishing boat Thur. morning (08-29) was identified as Thomas Marvin Luckett of Dunwoody. He was 69 y/o. He was fishing with a friend and not wearing a life vest when he fell in the river. Melissa Cummings, with the Georgia DNR Communications office confirmed the man's identity. She said this was the first boating fatality on the Chattahoochee River this year. Luckett and a friend, who has not yet been identified, had launched a 12-ft. Jon boat equipped with a 9.9 hp motor at the Medlock Bridge Nat’l. Park sometime Thur. morning. Gwinnett Co. Fire and Rescue were called shortly after 11 a.m. about a man who had fallen into the river. His body was recovered around 1:30 p.m. near Jones Bridge Park. The following agencies were involved in the search:  Gwinnett Fire Swift Water Team; Johns Creek Fire Swift Water Team;  Roswell Fire Swift Water Team;  U.S. Park Service Rangers;  Gwinnett Police Aviation Unit.Read full story here.
08-27-13 UTAH LAKE, UT Scouts rescued from boat on stormy Utah Lake Deputies say they rescued 2 adults and 4 boys believed to be Boy Scouts after they became stranded in a boat on stormy Utah Lake. Utah Co. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said an emergency call came in from near Lincoln Beach about 7 p.m. Tue. (08-27). He says the group had been on a ski boat that stalled just as a thunderstorm rolled in. Rescuers transferred the group to a working boat and drove them safely to shore. Cannon says the situation could have been a lot worse. Waves can grow to 4-5 ft. on the shallow lake and make it dangerous for boaters. Officials discourage boating when a storm is in the forecast. Read full story here.
08-26-13 NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Two Rescued by 'Marine 58' on Canyon Lake After Boat Capsizes Two people were rescued Mon. (08-26) by Canyon Lake EMS crews after their boat capsized in the Jacobs Creek Park area of Canyon Lake. The incident happened shortly after 7pm, and crews responded when they began getting reports of a boat that had capsized and 2 people were in the water. Canyon Lake emergency personnel arrived on scene and found the 2 victims holding onto the  overturned boat. Rescue crews piloted their new rescue boat, known as Marine 58, and were able to pull the victims out of the water. Marine 58 then made its way to the Joint Base San Antonio Recreation Park at the Canyon Lake Marina where the victims received medical attention. Neither victim suffered serious injuries and both refused transport to the hosp. The capsized boat was righted and transported to Boat Ramp No. 17 by Good Samaritans. Read full story here.
08-29-13 YOUNGSTOWN, FL Two Injured in Boat Collision Near Deer Point Lake Two people are injured in a boat collision off Indian Bluff Resort Lane in Youngstown. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comm., 2 boats collided at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thur. (08-29). The FWC says one person suffered a head injury and the other suffered a neck injury. The accident occurred near Indian Bluff Resort Lane. The area is a waterway that leads to Deer Point Lake.
The area is filled with narrow, crooked waterways that lead to the main part of the lake. Read full story here.
08-18-13 EDMOND, OK Police: Boat sinks at Arcadia Lake A pleasure boat sank during a recent weekend at Arcadia Lake, an incident report stated. During the afternoon on Sun. (08-18), Edmond Police Officer Todd Strader was dispatched to Arcadia Lake in reference to a boat that was sinking. Strader stated the reporting party told him he had some type of malfunction with his boat and it began taking on water. He couldn’t stop the water from coming in the boat and it sank. Strader stated he could see the bow sticking straight up and the stern was resting on the bottom of the lake. He was able to tow the boat to the Central State Park boat ramp and beach it. The reporting party was able to get the water out and get the boat on a trailer. The 1976 boat, valued at $2,000, was insured, Strader stated. Read full story here.
08-29-13 LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO Two-boat collision sends three to the hospital Three people were taken to the hosp. and 2 others refused treatment after a 2-boat accident about 9:50 p.m. Thur. (08-29) at the 15-mile marker of the Main Channel.
Taken to Lake Regional Hosp. and then University Hosp. in Columbia with serious injuries was Brian Pecenka, 55, Lake Ozark. Taken to Lake Regional with moderate injuries were Stephen Burgun, 35, Jefferson City, and Nicholas Kamakas, 62, of St. Louis. Refusing treatment at the scene were John Barry, 62, St. Louis, and Mary Kamakas, 50, St. Louis. Barry, Mary Kamakas, Nicholas Kamakas and Pecenka were passengers in a 2002 Formula driven by Pecenka. Burgun was driver of a 2005 Donzi. The accident occurred as the Burgun boat was traveling upstream and the Pecenka boat downstream. The Pecenka boat did not have bow lights and turned in a southwesterly direction and into the path of the Burgun boat. The Burgun boat struck the starboard side of the Pecenka boat, which flooded and then capsized. Read full story here.
08-23-13 WEST LINN, OR Man killed in Jet Ski accident in West Linn A Jet Ski accident on the Willamette River in West Linn killed a 39-y/o Portland man on Fri. night (08-23). Just after 8 p.m., the Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office was notified of a collision between 2 PWCs on the Willamette River near the Cedaroak Boat Ramp. Sheriff's deputies said the victim was Eryk Simmons. The operator of the other PWC was identified as 38-y/o Michael Bailey of Tigard. Bailey is cooperating with the investigation. Deputies declined to release the name of the boy involved in the collision. According to police, the 3 people involved in the accident, which included a Portland man and his 7-y/o son, knew each other and were enjoying the day on rented Jet Skis to celebrate the boy’s birthday. There were 3 passengers on the 2 jet skis; 2 were adults and one was a juvenile. All 3 were reported to be wearing lifejackets. One adult was driving and hit the other watercraft, which was being operated by the father and son. The collision caused the adult and the juvenile to be knocked off and into the water. A witness said the impact on the water was deafening. A Good Samaritan at the boat ramp who saw the accident helped pull the injured and unresponsive adult to the shore. Paramedics and emergency personnel from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, American Medical Response and the Clackamas Co. FD responded. Their efforts to revive the father were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The juvenile, who appeared to have only minor injuries, was transported to an area hosp. as a precaution.
 Police stated that the adult who was responsible for the collision has been cooperative with law enforcement to this point. The collision is currently being investigated by the Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office. The names have not been released at this time. Read full story here.
08-23-13 ANTIOCH, CA Man, Two Children Rescued After Jet Ski Sank A man and 2 children were found safe Fri. night (08-23) and crews rescued them from the water near the Antioch Marina. The 3 were reported missing by family members when they did not return home from a Jet Ski outing Fri. night (08-23). Rescuers searched the area by air and by water and found the man, the 9-y/o girl and the 5-y/o boy clinging to a log. They were taken to shore and treated for hypothermia, but none were seriously hurt. The man told police their Jet Ski sank and left them stranded.Read full story here.

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