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Old 04-02-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Fatal Night Collision

I haven't seen this on TF yet. https://komonews.com/news/local/sher...hon-boat-crash
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:36 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. I am always concerned about a night collision while at anchor. I anchor realitvely close to shore and ensure my anchor light is functioning--but alcohol, inexperience, and stupidy will null my efforts. I am surprised that so many boaters believe it is safe to go full throttle at night at speeds well over 30 knots--I am so careful just at 6 knots!
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:47 AM   #3
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But we have gps!
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:50 AM   #4
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A Darwinian event for sure. Hope his passengers weren't too badly hurt.
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Hearing these kinds of totally preventable accidents just makes me wonder.

Even if he were drunk, he could probably just creep home at low speed and avoid hurting anyone. Why do some folks thing that after a few drinks they're invincible?

Fortunately, that's the minority.

And, has been said many times.... avoid the weekends!
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Drunk people tend to magnify their normal behavior. I’ve met countless who couldn’t catch a clue when sober. It just makes me frustrated.

I had one acquaintance later friend who got a second chance and actually learned from his close call. He was not drunk, but pushed the whole “but we have gps” once too many. Luckily he did not kill anyone, but came close enough.
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By the looks of it the boat he hit was in a marina mooring field. You have to wonder what he was thinking of?
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The (deceased) driver was going full speed at night, no instruments, boat reported full of beer cans. Fortunate only one fatality....
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Unless this is a case of misinformation....


From a thread not too long ago, this is one case where the captain/owner/operator should not have been and maybe a passenger should have stepped in....
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From the most recent coverage in the Seattle Times newspaper.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...eriffs-office/
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I love the .....imagine flying a helicopter at night with your phone GPS.


Got some news for people that can only safely navigate at night with Radar and thermal imaging.


Wonder if it really was the alcohol....or the ultra dark night with no instrumentation....or how much of both?
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HEY! Here's an idea: Let's take boats to the gig so we don't have to worry about driving home drunk.


I'm having a little trouble understanding where they would have moored the boats near the Tacoma Dome.
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Old 04-02-2019, 04:42 PM   #13
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I ungrouded a guy more than once who was driving his 30 footer to an AA meeting because he lost his license.
It's a natural progression.
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HEY! Here's an idea: Let's take boats to the gig so we don't have to worry about driving home drunk.


I'm having a little trouble understanding where they would have moored the boats near the Tacoma Dome.
Dock Street Marina is within walking distance of the Tacoma Dome. Or an Uber or taxi ride.
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Dock Street Marina is within walking distance of the Tacoma Dome. Or an Uber or taxi ride.

I used to be just down Dock St at Foss Harbor; all those marinas are long-term and secured. I suppose if you know someone. ..
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Dock Street does transient moorage now. We've stayed there several times. Very nice marina with an excellent staff.
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Follow up report https://komonews.com/news/local/boat...everal-injured
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Does anyone have any knowledge about the sailboat that was hit?
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Does anyone have any knowledge about the sailboat that was hit?
Sorry, no. Other than it was not sunk and it appears no one was on board.
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The information is of course sketchy. One thing that isn’t really clear is where exactly the collision occurred. Dockton Park is managed by King County. It has concrete docks that are available for transients. There are also a number of mooring balls off the park, I believe they are all private. Lots of boats anchor there beyond the mooring balls. Unfortunately, there are likely a number of rarely used sailboats anchored in the area although the state and county have been trying to remove unauthorized mooring balls etc...

The point is that that whole area is full of boats either anchored or on private mooring balls. The further you go into Quartermaster Harbor the more boats there are. I’ve known Vashon Island kids all my life. Most had families with summer places on the Island and did, as the last article stated, grew up on the water and are very familiar with the area. They also should have known better than to be running at speed, at night, while drinking. This wasn’t an “accident” it was a collision due to reckless negligence. What is the most frightening are the comments in the article where the “friends” say it wasn’t the boat’s operators fault. His criminally reckless actions cost him his life and serious injuries to his friends. This can’t be written off and simply an unfortunate and tragic accident.
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