Boating Accident News 9/26/2013

By Kristy Moore posted 09-27-2013 01:57 PM

09-22-13 CASS COUNTY, MN Dog shoots owner in leg after jumping on gun in boat in Minnesota A dog shot its owner after jumping onto a gun in his boat. The 19-y/o man was hunting birds on Leech River in Cass Co., Minn., on Sun. morning (09-22) when the pup clambered aboard. After its paw found itself on the trigger, the dog blasted a cartridge into its owner's leg. The hunter managed to dial 911 and was taken to Cass Lake Indian Health Services for treatment. His injuries were described as nonlife-threatening. It comes seven months after a 35-y/o Florida man was also shot by his pooch after it kicked a pistol as they rode in a truck.Read full story here.
09-24-13 MARQUETTE, MI Coast Guard responds to boat in distress on Lake Superior The USCG responded to the scene of a boat in distress on Tue. afternoon (09-24) in Marquette's Upper Harbor. Officials say that a boat with 4 people on board began taking on water at around 2:30 p.m. The CG responded to the scene and began towing the boat to safety.
No injuries were reported during the incident. The Marquette FD also reported to the scene. Read full story here.
09-23-13 ALAKANUK, AK 2 dead, 1 missing in rural boating accident Two men from a small Alaska village died and a 3rd is missing after their boat swamped and sank in the Yukon River. Alaska State Troopers said Wed. (09-25) a 4th man was able to swim to shore Mon. (09-23) night. He spent a cold night on the riverbank and was found Tue. (09-24). All 4 were from Nunam Iqua, a village of 200 people about 500 mi. NW of Anchorage on a S. fork of the Yukon River. The bodies of Daniel Noble, 29, and Cyril Murphy, 50, were recovered Tue. about 10 mi. downriver from Alakanuk, a village 162 mi. NW of Bethel. Missing is Stanton Shelton, 24. John Chikigak, 21, was able to reach shore. He was treated at a village clinic and released. The men's 18-ft. skiff had an existing crack in the hull, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said, and when the boat slowed on the river Mon. night, water began to seep in. Chikigak told an investigator that the men attempted to bail but decided to try to keep the water from coming in by planing — applying power to lift the hull, which allows water in a boat to drain out as it skims over the surface. The men pulled the drain plug and applied power, but the motor on the boat was not strong enough to plane the boat, and it swamped and sank at about 6 p.m. Chikigak told troopers he pulled off most of his clothing and swam for shore. Other boaters Tue. found one of the dead men in the river and another along the riverbank. Chikigak was found at about noon and taken to the clinic. Strong wind and blowing snow Tue. night hampered efforts to find Shelton, and searchers suspended their efforts. The search resumed at 9 a.m. Wed. and focused on an area 8 mi. downriver from Alakanuk. Hunting is common this time of year along the river, Peters said, but she did not know if the men in the boat were on a hunting trip.Read full story here.
09-23-13 GALENA, MD Boat destroyed by fire on Sassafras River A 42-ft. pleasure boat was destroyed by a fire on Mon. morning (09-23) on the Sassafras River on the Galena side.
Natural Resources Police and Galena FD were called shortly after 11 a.m. The owner of the boat, James Peacock of Galena, reported smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment. Peacock and his passenger swam to safety near Starkey Farm Lane and the boat drifted to shore, where firefighters were able to douse the flames. Peacock told NRP that his boat developed mechanical problems and that when they opened the engine cover, air fanned the smoldering fire. Maryland Dept. of the Environment was called to the scene to check the hull for leaking fluids. Cecilton, Galena and Harford Co. fire companies put out 200-300 ft. of boom to contain the fuel leak around the boat. The fire was ruled accidental and the boat was a complete loss. Read full story here.
09-25-13 COLEBROOK, NH Mass. fisherman dies in NH boating accident The New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept. says a Massachusetts man has died in an accident while launching his boat on the Connecticut River. Authorities say 71-y/o John Cornish of Salem, Mass., was launching his boat with a friend on Wed. morning (09-25) in Colebrook for a day of fishing. The boat began to drift downriver. Cornish was wearing hip waders in anticipation of needing to retrieve the boat. When he started wading in the river, he lost his footing, fell, and began to swim after the boat. He lost consciousness soon afterward and was pulled from the river by a friend. Emergency crews arrived and attempted lifesaving measures. Cornish was taken to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hosp. in Colebrook, where he was pronounced dead.Read full story here.
09-21-13 NEW ROCHELLE, NY New Rochelle police brave storm to rescue boaters A boat with 5 adults aboard bobbed helplessly in Long Island Sound on Sat. night (09-21) as rain from a severe thunderstorm pounded and 4-ft. waves crashed against the vessel. The 18-ft. 1990 Galaxie had lost power and was taking on water near Execution Rocks Lighthouse. “It was very hazardous conditions,” New Rochelle Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said on Tue. (09-24) as he recounted the incident. “An 18-ft. boat on a night like that is in trouble.” Detective Keith Murphy and Officer Thomas Gorgorian, Harbor Unit officers, were in the police locker room around midnight getting ready to go home when a distress call came in from the boat, with a 41-y/o Bronx resident at the helm. Gorgorian and Murphy got into Marine 1, a 26-ft. C-Hawk and raced to the Galaxie. The officers attached a rope to the smaller boat and began towing it to shore. The waves were so strong that the rope snapped. The officers had to struggle to reattach the rope as the smaller boat took on water. They reattached the rope and towed the boat back to the marina.Read full story here.
09-20-13 OBSTRUCTION ISLAND, WA Sailboat runs aground and sinks A 30-ft. sailboat remains submerged off the NE shore of Obstruction Island, with the top of its mast poking about 6 ft. above the water, after it struck a reef during a low tide late Fri. (09-20) and ran aground. Piloted at the time by a father and son, the "Baujoulais" was en route to Olga from Anacortes when it ran aground at about 8:30 p.m. Neither father or son were familiar with the area and its navigational hazards, according to Captain Deb Fritz of Towline Marine/Vessel Assist Friday Harbor.
"They called us that night to talk about their options," Fritz said. "I guess they decided to wait it out and hope that it would re-float with the high tide. Sometimes they do, but not all the time." The cabin of the boat, listing to one side, began to fill with water as a rising tide swept through Obstruction Channel early the next morning. Vessel Assist responded to the scene Sat. (09-21), at about5 a.m., after receiving a call from the USCG that the grounded boat had become an unsafe situation for the 2 boaters. The father and son were ordered off the boat by the CG, and were transported to FridayHarbor by the Vessel Assist crew. Fritz said that 2 men were unable to retrieve numerous personal belongings stored inside the boat's cabin, such as wallets, clothes and car keys, before it became inundated with water. "When we got to Friday Harbor we gave them some money and socks, and then they were on their way," she said. The sailboat boat reportedly is uninsured. A CG spokesman said the owner of the sunken vessel must make arrangements to have it removed from its resting place. "The owner will have to make contact with someone to salvage his boat," the spokesman said. "Right now it's sitting outside the channel with its mast sticking out above the water."
The sinking of the Baujoulais marks the second mishap involving a sailboat in the San Juans in about a week's time. The Norma Rae, a 28-ft. sailboat, sank Fri. (09-13) while in tow after it was struck and heavily damaged in a collision with a ferry boat in Upright Channel. Read full story here.
09-21-13 SANIBEL ISLAND, FL Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes near Sanibel Island The Coast Guard rescued two people Sat. (09-21) after the 24-ft. boat they were aboard capsized 10 mi. S. of Sanibel Island. A member of Seatow contacted CG watchstanders at 11:42 a.m., reporting the 24-ft. boat began taking on water after a crab pot line fouled their propeller. A 29-ft. Response Boat — Small II crew from CG Station Fort Myers Beach arrived on scene, found the vessel capsized and removed both people from the water. They were transported to Moss Marine in Fort Myers with no injuries or medical concerns.Read full story here.

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