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Dick posted 05-25-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
Did anyone see the video of the Whaler from Stockton CA tonight on the news?
Seems like the operator got pitched overboard and didn't have the kill switch lanyard attached. Needless to say the boat then had a mind of it's own untill the Sheriff's Dept boat finaly nudged it and sent it onto the beach. No injuries and minor damage to the boat. As long as they showed the engine running out of water, I'll bet there is a problem there.
bc posted 05-25-2002 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
5 years ago, I was driving by as they were putting the body bag in the ambulance. The same thing happened to him but he wasn't so lucky. He was in a aries bass boat with 115 hp / with a hand throttle control. Most bass boats now are using the hotfoot control that a spring pushes the throttle back if your foot slips off. Be careful out there.
jimh posted 05-25-2002 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I caught a glance of that Whaler on CNN this morning. It looked like it was running in a circle, making a left turn. That surprised me because I thought the prop torque would make it turn right.
crashq posted 05-29-2002 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for crashq  Send Email to crashq     
A year or two ago, they had a similar incident in the San Francisco Bay. Two fisherman in a Montauk were missing for several days. The someone found the boat up in the tule reeds with the throttle down and out of gas. From the bits of clothing on the propeller, they surmised that they had a problem, and one fisherman got knocked overboard and run over which cause the other one to lurch and hit the throttle knocking him overboard.

I saw a similar incident with a canoe in Santa Cruz harbor. Some Darwin award candidate was going to go out in the Bay with a motorized canoe. It had no outriggers and a standard vee rear end. Right in the ramp area he dumped it over,and lost all his gear. The worst part of it was that the mtor was going wide open. The guy was hanging on to the canoe for dear life, trying to avoid getting sliced and diced as the canoe spun wildly in a circle.

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