Drinking and boating don't mix

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  1. romanservices

    romanservices Member

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    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    Went down to the dock to load up the boat. Apparently a guy one dock over fell in the water last night and never got out. His body was found floating under a swim platform of a boat directly behind ours. Absolutely tragic!
     
  2. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Aug 18, 2015
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    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    Amen to that.
     
  3. Creekwood

    Creekwood Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    So very tragic. Probably having a great evening with good friends and slipped or tripped.
    There but for the grace of God go I (we?)...
    Not really a boating & drinking issue, more like safety around water issue and much harder to prevent.
     
  4. BryanOnTheBay

    BryanOnTheBay Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Oct 6, 2013
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    7.4L Mercruiser MPI Bravo III Outdrive
    While I absolutely agree with this premise, I am not sure this story really supports it. He obviously was not operating a vessel at the time.

    We had a tragedy here last year where a family had gone to a local beach/bar. Dad was the only one who could operate the boat(it was a rental, but that was irrelevant). His hat blew off into the water, and in his incapacitated state of mind, he thought it would be a good idea to leave the helm, while running on plane and jump into the water after it. He never surfaced. Mom didn't know enough to even take the boat out of gear, though she did throttle back(single lever throttle).

    My friend came on the scene with the family hysterical, and the boat doing circles at idle. She had to jump from her boat(with her boyfriend now driving) to take control of the other boat.

    They found his body the next morning.

    Bryan
     
  5. importmonkey

    importmonkey Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Where was this?
     
  6. romanservices

    romanservices Member

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    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    Nabbs creek marina. In my mind it's still a boating accident (I have the right to be wrong) he was on a boat in the water. I wouldn't sit in my car drunk and nor would I sit in a boat drunk. Truth be told I don't like to drink so I guess my views may not be mainstream.
     
  7. dwna1a

    dwna1a Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
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    Twins 350
    No matter if you do or don't drink anywhere around or on the water is dangerous. Stone cold sober I tripped over my own dock line and fell between my swim platform and the dock. Luckily for me my slip neighbor was there. I only broke two ribs.

    For me I would kinda consider that to be a boating accident. Marinas can be dangerous, trip / falls, stray electrical current, drownings.

    I feel for the family and his slip neighbors.
     
  8. Creekwood

    Creekwood Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Sorry for not being more clear in my first post. I did not mean to quibble over words at a time of a tragedy for a family and friends. The point I was trying to make was that being around water can be dangerous and we need to be reminded a lot. Your broken rib example is a good one. I suspect we have all tripped over lines or cleats many many times. One of those times could be tragic, drinking or not.
     
  9. northern

    northern Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We live on land and boats and marinas are part time visits. I broke my arm tripping on a concrete dock, slid into the water on an icy dock and fell off the front of the boat during a heavy rain. Boating can be dangerous so all be careful. I was not drinking during any of those occurrences.
     
  10. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
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    7.4 MPI
    While this is certainly a tragedy, I would argue that drinking and boating go hand in hand. For most of us we do it responsibly.
     
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  11. OllieC

    OllieC Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    It's a recreation, and recreations are meant to be fun. I agree.

    Also, not to play on words, but I learned this in a general safety course. The instructor said; "There are no such things as accidents, only incidents." he continued "I will only allow one accident, and that's if you crap your pants."
     

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