If you like real sea stories you will like this book. It is very well written and informative. It is a quick read and entertaining too. It will make you respect those who make their livings on the sea.
If you like real sea stories you will like this book. It is very well written and informative. It is a quick read and entertaining too. It will make you respect those who make their livings on the sea.
It was confirmed late Tuesday evening by Humboldt State University Sports Information Director Dan Pambianco that HSU football player Kenny Edwards died on Monday of hypothermia after being involved in a boating accident in San Francisco Bay.
Cold water and no life jackets.
Mistake No. 1: As he approached the pass, he was going too fast, about 25 mph.
Mistake No. 2: He left his Global Positioning System in the garage. He usually uses it to help him navigate.
Mistake No. 3: He left his spotlight in the glove compartment of the boat.
Authorities blame a combination of factors for the increase in trashed boats, from the eight hurricanes that have hit Florida in recent years, to boaters being pushed out of a dwindling number of marinas to a fuzzy definition of junked boat.
The problem is compounded by a boom in boat ownership that has outpaced the population growth. Florida now boasts the country's largest boating population, hitting a record of 1-million last year.
Defense attorney Bruce Saperstein said Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Rose provided the new evidence — maps and aerial photographs of the lake and the location of the collision that killed Michael LaFave, 27 — too long after filing charges against his client.
An arraignment date is set for the ski-boat operator, Steven Ettlin, 22, of San Juan Capistrano, who was charged with vehicular manslaughter with a vessel while intoxicated. Ettlin will be arraigned in Butte County Superior Court on November 17, and a preliminary hearing date will be determined later.
There were three young adults (two males and one female) on board the rented ski-boat and another young man on a wakeboard in the water when the accident happened. Ettlin was operating the boat, which was pulling the wake-boarder. Burkett was on vacation with his friends at Lake Oroville and they had rented a ski-boat.
When the wake-boarder fell, Ettlin cut the throttle, which abruptly slowed the boat when Burkett fell overboard and into the water, said Deputy District Attorney Christopher Carlos. The boat continued to move and ran over Burkett. "Alcohol was involved," Carlos said.
Deborah Macdonald, 53, principal of the school for four years, suffered serious injuries when her boat drifted over a 3-foot-high cement dam on Loon Lake in Kearney, near Huntsville, at roughly 3:30 p.m.
From WorkBoat Magazine
By Pamela Glass, Washington Correspondent
The Coast Guard Needs More Money Before something bad happens.
The 13-year-old driver of a boat which struck and killed a 6-year-old snorkeler has pleaded no-contest in the death, and will be sentenced next month on a charge of vessel homicide. His family also faces a $20 million lawsuit in the death.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An executive with Dubai Ports World, the Arab-owned firm whose purchase of American port facilities caused an uproar this year, on Tuesday said a new U.S. port security law was fundamentally inadequate.
"There's a fundamental shortcoming in the SAFE Port Act," said David Sanborn, Dubai Ports World's managing director of the Americas. "It's not ambitious enough."
A crane on the deck of a barge is blackened by the fire that erupted after a pipeline explosion in West Cote Blanche Bay on Thursday about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans.
Local authorities on Friday continued their search for the missing, now deemed a "recovery effort" while federal authorities investigated the reasons behind the explosion that occurred when a tugboat carrying two barges struck an underwater gas pipeline.
Gas flow was shut off to the pipeline, but Coast Guard Lt. Rick Foster said there was still concern of another explosion if some gas remained in the line. Divers were to examine the site to determine whether a "spud" from one of the barges -- a metal extension used to halt the vessel -- might have pinched the pipeline, Foster said. The barge was still in place at the site.
The tugboat captain was found dead late Thursday in the wheelhouse of the boat, and search crews found the body of a fourth man Friday morning floating about 2 miles from the scene of the accident, said Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert.
Two crew members survived — one with burns and one without injury — and two other crew members remained missing as of sunset Friday.
JEANERETTE, La. (AP) — Searchers held out hope Friday that three people missing following a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in Louisiana's West Cote Blanche Bay would be found alive.Three others were killed in the Thursday afternoon explosion, two miles off shore and about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans. One person was badly burned.
“We interviewed one boat operator 3 1/2 miles away who felt the explosion on his face,” said Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert. Hebert said rescue boats in the area went to the scene soon after the explosion and pulled four workers from the water.
The NTSB says:
“The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of five investigators to the scene of a fire involving a towboat with two barges and a natural gas pipeline in West Cote Blanche Bay near Morgan City, LA.
The accident occurred on October 12, about 11:00 a.m. (CDT), when a piling dropped from one of the barges and struck a submerged high-pressure gas line, causing the line to rupture and catch fire. Preliminary information is that three people were killed and three are missing.
This will be a joint investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The NTSB Investigator-in-Charge is Morgan Turrell.”
"These boaters paid Club Nautico extra for a skipper and they got a 16-year old? To send these people out with a teenager and call him a captain is negligent," attorney Stuart Grossman told our news partners at The Miami Herald
The speed of the filing of this lawsuit is no big surprise. It is also the right thing to do.
Mistakes were clearly made by multiple parties and the Court will be helpful in sorting this out. The suit will give the litigants, and the Court, the ability to take control of and inspect the subject boats for defects and physical damage, that may have contributed to the accident. The evidence will be preserved for expert analysis. Finding the truth in this will be challenging for those involved.
Although the case will largely be about money damages there are larger policy and social questions that need to be addressed. This type of suit often does drive legislation or regulatory changes that make boating safer.
Hopefully, this Columbus Day Regatta will become safer so that no more parents lose their children to preventable acts of negligence.
We posted on this months ago and it looks like there remains hope for this case to be solved yet.
The two boaters who were killed in a crash on Biscayne Bay over the weekend died of massive head injuries.
The two young people who perished in a weekend boating accident on Biscayne Bay were killed by the propellers of the powerboat that slammed into their rental.
The cause of death for both is the same: massive injuries to the head, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. Although the investigation into the boat crash is far from complete, the autopsies offer graphic details of the horrific accident.
They also indicate the boat that struck the victims might have been traveling so fast it became airborne, either flying low over the victims' boat, or its propellers landing inside it.
This is a terrible accident that we have posted on below. It makes one wonder whether this particular event can ever be held in a safe manner for all boaters. Surely there were mistakes made and the message is clear that boating can be fun but also dangerous and deadly. What a shame.
A reader brought this vessel to our attention. It is believed the Gaul sank on 8 February 1974.
Over the past 30 years a series of investigations have revealed two alternative theories on the Gaul's fate.
Some believe the trawler was captured by the Soviets because it had spies on board. In 2004 rumours emerged that a British submarine became entangled in the vessel's nets and dragged it underwater.
Successive governments have denied that the trawler was involved in espionage.
Following the subsequent showing of the documentary on UK television, the Deputy Prime Minister asked the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) whether it was possible to determine the cause of sinking from this new material. The MAIB reviewed the available footage, and concluded that a more detailed examination of the wreck would be required to make any such judgement. The Deputy Prime Minister therefore directed the MAIB to conduct an underwater survey of the wreck and report on its findings.
Let us know if you have information about this fascinating case.
This is a very sad case. (text, photo and video report linked)
This press release (Columbus Day Weekend Safety Concerns) was put out by the US Coast Guard on October 4, 2006 before the accident. Boating at night under these circumstances can be challenging and dangerous.
Pre-birthday cruise turns deadly. The boat that hit these young people was seen as “It literally went right over the top of the boat, cleaning everything off the gunnel”
Body may be that of missing boat accident victim. (Video reports)
Monica Burguera, of 1155 Brickell Bay Drive, was in a boat at about 10:30 p.m. with seven other people aboard. They were being towed by another boat near the Rickenbacker Causeway between Miami and Key Biscayne.
The accident occurred when a powerboat crashed into a boat carrying eight Florida International University students, The Miami Herald said. The students' boat was allegedly rented and did not have working lights, the Herald said.
I have been reading Flags of Our Fathers. It is an excellent book that is being made into a movie by Clint Eastwood. Official site here.The story, for the most part, tells the tale of the men who raised an American Flag at Iwo Jima during the battle for that island. The flag raising and the photograph have an interesting history. The real story in the book is of the heros that fought and died on the island.
The battle was fought largely by U.S. Marines, on the island, but it is also a maritime battle involving the Navy (some 800 ships and Seabees) (flag raiser John Bradly was a Navy Corpsman) and the Coast Guard.
After reading the book I have a whole new appreciation for those (from any military service) that fought there and any of the Battles of World War II.
The book tell us that following the Battle for Iwo Jima the United States left behind the largest Pacific cemetery for US fighting men. Nearly 6,800 died and were buried there.
Outside the cemetery someone wrote:
When you go home ; Tell them for us and say; For your tomorrow ; We gave our today…… Flags of Our Fathers p.376
If you (or your family members were there) we say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.
I am certain that this World and our lives are different and better as a result of these sacrifices.
PS The years have taken a toll on the veterans. It is estimated that about 1,000 U.S. veterans of World War II die each day, and as their numbers shrink, reunions and commemorations mean a little bit more.
Harassed by small sharks and repeatedly pulled back to sea, two men hugged each other to keep warm and drank water and soft drinks to stay hydrated during nearly 24 hours at sea before their rescue Sunday.
Good ending to this one.
VENICE, Fla. — Eight people were injured Wednesday night, two critically, when two pleasure boats collided near the South Venice boat ramp, according to a report by FLORIDA TODAY news partner Tampa Bay's 10 News.
Drinking may have been involved. Causation will be the key??
The twin brother of man killed in a Grand Lake boat wreck spoke out in August for the first time. 35-year-old Murray McGarvey was killed in nighttime hit and run over the summer. He was at Grand Lake on vacation from his home in Georgia.
We have posted on this case before.
From the outside this seems like a fairly just result. I am sure it is not much consolation to the families.
Gina Bortolotti, crew member on the wrecked sailing yacht Essence, wasn't alone in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, her final hours. She floated in Long Island Sound as another of the three-member crew, her fiance Nardus Bothma, fought to keep her unconscious body at the surface.
http://www.bluegina.com (Gina’s site)
The Coast Guard has started two investigations, relieved the Healy's captain, pulled all diving equipment off the ship for examination, and suspended all polar diving. Nothing has been said about what might have killed Hill, 31, and Duque, 22, on Aug. 17, or when the investigations will conclude.
We have found that it is not unusual for the Coast Guard to withhold information about investigations until it concludes its findings. It must be frustrating for the families but hopefully in the end there will be a thorough investigation that will shed light on the cause of this tragic event and allow the families some closure.
GROVE, Okla. (AP) -- An engineering firm will attempt to create a computer-generated simulation of a Grand Lake boating collision that killed a Georgia man.
ATA Associates Inc. of Houston will be at the lake September 26-27 to inspect the two boats involved in the crash and take measurements, said Bryce Lair, a Delaware County assistant district attorney.
Prosecutors are trying to determine whether criminal charges should be filed in connection with the July 30 collision that killed Murray McGarvey, 35, of Brunswick, Georgia.
ATA Associates can be found here. http://www.ataassociates.com/Marine.htm
Investigators have looked for clues in salvaged pieces of the two high-performance boats that collided on Lake Texoma, but evidence was inconclusive, said Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Trooper Kera Philippi.
"Investigators may never know if the collision
Sounds as if there was not enough evidence left to determine the cause. Without good eye witnesses this report may be correct. They may never know the cause of the accident.
Marine deaths showed a slight increase from 765 in 2004 to 769 in 2005. Recreational boating deaths, the largest marine category, jumped to 697 from 676, while cargo transport fatalities dropped substantially to 12 in 2005 from 26 in 2004.
Mark de Tournillon Sr., who pleaded guilty to causing the boat wreck that killed a Moneta couple last year, agreed Friday to a substantial $2.75 million settlement with the estates of Lawrence and Judith Lewis.
Although most of that amount will be paid by insurance companies, de Tournillon intends to pay $250,000 out of the proceeds from the sale of his business, Shoreline Marina. The business has not yet been sold, said William Stanley, one of de Tournillon's defense lawyers.
This case is indicative of the high costs of boating accidents…in human life and money damages.
Also, there is a newly discovered witness who was on the Hamburg Township lake at the time of the July 23, 2005, accident that killed Michael LaFave, 27. The witness' identity and what the witness knows about the accident was not released.
By The Associated Press
The plan offered by Democratic leader Harry Reid would have bolstered security on trains and buses and at chemical plants. Republicans charged it would have slowed efforts to improve security at the nation's ports.
We need a lot more help with the security of our ports. Lets hope this bill has some teeth in it and that our ports are made safe before we have a serious attack.
The father and son were killed this summer the way authorities say too many Florida boaters die. Carelessness and unsafe speed were to blame, common factors behind the boating accidents that make Florida the deadliest state for recreational boating, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Its name covered with duct tape, the trailered Ethan Allen tour boat rolled south on the Northway Tuesday to a temporary home in storage, as it awaits possible tests related to what could be months of civil litigation over its capsizing.
A tragedy occurred Friday when a fishing trip to Steinhatchee by a well known Suwannee County couple turned bad, with Daniel (Dan) Clark losing his life to drowning. The Clarks are residents of the Wellborn community.
9-6-06 - Investigators are still talking to witnesses as the try to recreate the boating accident that killed five people on Lake Texoma, but attention has also focused on the poker run that deadly day, and whether they are legal at all in Texas.
MCKINNEY - While visitors continued to enjoy Lake Texoma the day after the accident that claimed five lives Saturday, Bruce Lane's day in McKinney was far from normal. Lane's son, 25-year-old Justin Lane, and his son's wife, 31-year-old Amy Lane, were both passengers on the "Flash Gordon," which was one of the boats involved in the high-speed fatal collision. Here is news on a memorial service for the young couple. Dwayne
WILLIS (AP) -- Investigators were trying to determine Sunday why two high-performance boats collided while participating in a "poker run" on Lake Texoma, killing five people, including a well-known former race car driver.
Oklahoma Lake Patrol investigators plan to reconstruct the two boats in an attempt to gather clues to how and why they collided Saturday, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Kera Philippi said.
"They're going to investigate the mechanics of both boats, too, and not just focus on whether it was driver error," Philippi said. "The driver of the second boat is still alive, so they're going to want to talk to him."
Deaths cut Coast Guard cutter mission short
Somber crew brings Healy to home port
By LARRY LANGE
The Coast Guard cutter Healy returned to its Seattle home port Sunday, weeks early, and things will not be the same.
In replacing Capt. Douglas Russell, Vice Adm. Charles Wurster, who commands all Coast Guard operations in the Pacific from San Francisco headquarters, said he had "a loss of confidence in the officer's ability to command."
BM2 Duque swears the oath on Healy’s forecastle as LT Hill administers his reenlistment. Lt. Jessica Hill swears in Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Steven Duque during a re-enlistment ceremony the week of July 30 on the Coast Guard polar icebreaker Healy. Both died in an accident Aug. 17 while performing dive operations. — U.S. Coast Guard
DUQUE AND HILL WE WISH YOU GODSPEED
"So to Jessica and Steven," said prior CGC Healy Commanding Officer Dan Oliver, "I tell you, you are going to be missed dearly. Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to know Jessica and Steven. And watch out for our fallen shipmates."
Two Coast Guard divers assigned to the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Healy died Thursday afternoon during a routine dive operation in the Arctic Ocean approximately 500 miles north of Barrow, Alaska.
Deceased are Lt. Jessica Hill, 30, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, 26, of Miami.
The victim’s next of kin have been notified and additional support services are being provided to each family, as well as Healy crewmembers.
It seems clear from reports that Hill and Duque loved their work on the Cutter Healy.
When something like this happens the sense of loss goes far and wide. I personally spent four years in the Coast Guard. When any member of our small service was lost it seemed to permeate the entire service. It appears that things have not changed much as the Commandant and other high ranking officers have expressed their sorrow.
While I still served the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn was lost. One of my former shipmates died on that Cutter.
Many in “The Guard” have perished in peace and war.
May we never forget our lost shipmates and the sacrifices they made.
NTSB PRESS RELEASE
National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2006
NTSB CHAIRMAN SAYS SAFETY SHOULD BE WATCHWORD THIS LABOR DAY
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the nation about to celebrate its last major holiday of the summer, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker reminded everyone that "safety should be the watchword this Labor Day weekend.
"Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest periods of time for highway travel. Last year, deaths on our roadways rose to their highest level in 15 years. It is imperative that we all observe posted speed limits, buckle up everyone in the car, and never mix alcohol with motor vehicle operation."
Highway transportation accounts for more than 90 percent of all transportation fatalities in the United States. The NTSB has long advocated a series of safety improvements for highway travel, some of which have become law nationally, including mandatory seat belt laws (in every State except New Hampshire), age-21 drinking laws and child restraints.
Other initiatives still awaiting full enactment in the States, which are on the Board's Most Wanted list of safety improvements, include graduated drivers licenses, laws governing persistent drunk drivers, primary seat belt laws and booster seats for children 4 to 8 years old. These are among Most Wanted issues that will be discussed at the Board's public meeting next Wednesday, September 6.
Chairman Rosenker also reminded boaters to wear personal flotation devices. An average of 714 boaters die each year; 508 of those are by drowning. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that about 84 percent of those drowning victims would still be alive if they had worn PFDs.
A selection of safety alerts covering boating and highway transportation can be found on the Board's website athttp://ntsb.gov/alerts/alerts.htm.
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NTSB Media Contact: Ted Lopatkiewicz
Be safe out there boaters. Every major holiday we see many catastrophic injuries and deaths on boats. Keep alert, wear your life jacket and wait to have the alcohol until you return ashore.
Have a fun weekend!