Accidents

Safety on the water is important to the marine industry, but accidents happen. Builders, dealers, boatyards and other marine businesses can learn from them.

Boat owner helps in Chesapeake Bay rescue

In a dramatic early morning rescue on Wednesday, firefighters pulled to safety four people who had clung to a capsized motorboat for hours in waters off Deal Island in Maryland. “Four were hanging onto the side of a vessel when [Maryland] Natural Resources Police arrived,” Sgt. Brian Albert told The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times. “These…more

Boat crash on Oklahoma lake kills one

A man involved in a Fourth of July hit-and-run accident in Oklahoma that left two children injured and a man dead turned himself in on Monday. Troopers say a 1999 Crownline 20-foot ski boat driven by Ryan Shumway crashed into two other boats anchored together on Lake Eufaula during the holiday, according to News 9…more

Fireworks blamed in Seattle fire that destroyed boats

While fireworks exploded in the air above Seattle’s Gas Works Park on Fourth of July evening, firefighters were battling a fire at a boat storage facility just down the street. Seattle fire investigators say illegal fireworks are to blame for the fire, which destroyed 14 boats in dry rack storage and damaged four more. Witnesses…more

Overcrowding ruled the cause of pleasure-boat capsize

A 34-foot boat that capsized last summer off Oyster Bay, N.Y., on Long Island Sound while leaving a Fourth of July fireworks show, killing three children, tipped over because it was overcrowded, a New York prosecutor said in a report released last week. No criminal charges will be filed against the owner of the Silverton…more

Wooden-boat crew missing in South Pacific

Authorities fear for the safety of the seven-member crew of a classic 85-year-old wooden boat that disappeared earlier this month while sailing from New Zealand to Australia. Attempts to contact the crew by radio and via aerial searches have been unsuccessful, Fox News reported today. Calls and texts from the American schooner Nina ended June…more

Lifeguards stop runaway boat in Florida

Two lifeguards in Jupiter, Fla., jumped into action Thursday afternoon to stop a runaway powerboat with no one on board that was heading straight for the beach. A fisherman said on VHF radio that he saw a 26-foot cabin cruiser with no one on board about 4 miles from shore on a course straight for…more

Anglers thrown off boat near Florida coast

Two Florida shark anglers escaped unhurt Monday after falling off a boat about two miles off St. Petersburg Pier. The unmanned boat went in circles for at least a half hour before running out of fuel. “My buddy was driving and we hit a rogue wave and, boom, it just flipped us. Both of us…more

Environmental activist charged with BUI in Vegas

Apparently celebrities are not above the law — at least the laws prohibiting boating while drunk in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas district attorney on Tuesday handed misdemeanor charges of boating while intoxicated to Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist made famous by Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning portrayal of her. The 52-year-old has an Oct. 7 court…more

90-year-old lobsterman swims for his life after sinking

A 90-year-old lobsterman who his family describes as “a pretty stubborn, feisty Mainer” swam about 30 yards to shore when his 26-foot boat ran aground and sank last week. Phillip Tuttle, of Harpswell, had cuts and scrapes, but was recovering at home Monday after being rescued by his son-in-law, who headed out on a boat…more

Noted environmental activist faces BUI charges

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie about her fight over the pollution of a California town, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at Lake Mead near Las Vegas. Brockovich was arrested late Friday night after breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal…more

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