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Old 05-27-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Trawler accident in Elliot Key

There was a fatal accident Sunday night when a 23' Scout boat crashed into a 36' trawler at11:30pm.
Two in the trawler were asleep and are fine.
One of three in the boat died.
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There was a fatal accident Sunday night when a 23' Scout boat crashed into a 36' trawler at11:30pm.
Two in the trawler were asleep and are fine.
One of three in the boat died.
WOW! How tragic. Thanks for posting. Elliot Key and Boca Chita can be partying places on almost any weekend. This was a holiday weekend with probably all the crazies in Miami on the water. The Scout capt. probably didn't know what an anchor light signifies. He will now. He will probably be charged with a homicide if he survived. Just a horrible waste.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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Ive said it before. ..the holiday anchorages around Miami are like figure eight races. Key Biscayne reported tbejr third party deatb on Mashta Flats recently from a Radko-DJ public party on the sandbar. The place is dangerous.
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Found this link that gave some detail:
1 dead, 2 injured after boating collision - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco
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And alcohol likely involved. I saw it worse on the lake than coastal, but the mixture of alcohol and boating is completely out of control. We really need more serious penalties and more enforcement. It's even more frequent than on the highways and much too much there as well.
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Can anyone tell what brand of trawler was involved?
From pic it looks like a GB 36?
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Can anyone tell what brand of trawler was involved?
From pic it looks like a GB 36?

Not sure which brand it is but definitely not a GB.
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Looks like a Gulfstar to me.
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Looks like a Gulfstar to me.
Looks like an Atlantic 37 to me.
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Ain't nuthin like having a few then goin huntin, high speed boatin, motorcycle racin. Right Bubba..... Last words, Hey Ma, watch this.
Truly tragic, makes ya wonder why and what they were thinking or more likely lack of thinking was going on.
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What? Alcohol involved in a boating accident? I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!

According to the report the small boat was heading into a dock. At a speed fast enough to kill one of his passengers, and seriously injure the other?

We see it up here in Seattle on Lake Washington every weekend during the summer. There are parts of the Lake we just stay away from during the summer.
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It's a very sad story really.
A beautiful 37 year old girl died.
Two men will be scared for life.
Yes, alcohol was probably part of the tragic mix, but so was not realizing that boating is not a careless endeavor, but one that requires planning, learning, responsibility, respect, etc.
Night cruising is not easy. Lights and distances can play a trick on your senses EVEN if you are not drunk.
I can see it very easy for an inexperienced boater to have an accident at night.
Add a bit of alcohol and the chances just went up ten fold.
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Yes, a beautiful lady's life was snuffed out. Hopefully, she left no children motherless. Those were 3 mature adults-----not inexperienced kids. The report said that the trawler was properly lighted. The evidence of alcohol and high speed running at night was in my opinion careless and reckless. The whole thing was a tragedy in the Greek sense. The wheels had started in motion, and there was no one to stop it.
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Sure looks like a Prairie 36 or Atlantic 37 (same as mine.)

I use those lawn LED lights, or leave on the deck lights, when anchored any place where other boats may miss the anchor light way up on the mast.

Glad to hear those on board the trawler were OK, but still, tragic loss for all involved.
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Sure looks like a Prairie 36 or Atlantic 37 (same as mine.)
Agreed.

PS: Florida news headlines are wild. What a crazy place.
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Another sad situation where alcohol and boating were mixed together and the result was deadly.

Just curious--does FL have a law that requires a mandatory boater safety class?
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Another sad situation where alcohol and boating were mixed together and the result was deadly.

Just curious--does FL have a law that requires a mandatory boater safety class?
Yes, but it's just in effect for those born 1988 and later. And obviously does nothing about operating under the influence and the poor judgement and reactions that leads to.
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We left Elliott Key about ten that morning. If I am not mistaken, we were anchored just a few hundred yards south of the boat that was struck. If that's the case, we were both about 3/4 mile off shore, about mid-island, west of the little harbor and ranger station. Here's a link to our position:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=25.455311,-80.211965

If anyone has the actual coordinates of the collision, please post them.

This is the boat that was anchored just north of us. It's a grainy image, cut and enlarged from a larger panorama. But I remember it was about a 36' trawler, and even in the grainy photo you can see the same blue stripes, and dark netting attached to the rails:


This was our first visit there, and, of course, there were a LOT of boats out there for the holiday weekend. The slips at the harbor (brand new, BTW, having just re-opened last month after being destroyed by Sandy) were nearly full, and there must have been hundreds of boats near the sandbar at the north end. We (and our fairly distant neighbors -- the trawler pictured and a few sail boats) were pretty far away from it all. We draw 6', so 3/4 mile is about as close as we can come, putting us in about 7' of water.

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Terrible avoidable accident, the operators life will be changed forever.
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Can anyone tell what brand of trawler was involved?
From pic it looks like a GB 36?
Prairie 36 or Atlantic 37 depending on the year. Looks more like the Atlantic.
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