Just like shooting - fishermen need to be aware of their surroundings!

Discussion in 'The Tackle Box' started by adam01364, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. https://nypost.com/2018/01/17/fisherman-sues-after-dramatic-boat-crash-caught-on-video/

    Click on link above for GoPro video of the incident

    A fisherman who jumped ship into bone-chilling water to dodge a speeding motorboat has filed a $372,500 lawsuit, alleging the other driver was distracted by his cellphone just before the dramatic crash caught on video.

    Bryan Maess filed the suit earlier this month against Marlin Lee Larsen, 75, over the Aug. 12 crash near the mouth of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, the Oregonian reports.

    A GoPro camera mounted to Maess’ 20-foot fishing boat captured the chaos in the seconds before Larsen’s 31-foot motorboat crashes into the smaller, stationary vessel. A passenger on Maess’ boat frantically waves his arms and repeatedly screams “Hey!” in a desperate attempt to get the driver’s attention.

    “Oh my God,” another passenger screams just before the trio leap into the chilly water.

    The video — which was later posted to Facebook — shows the moment the speeding motorboat plows into Maess’ fishing vessel.

    Deputies in Clatsop County and the US Coast Guard responded to the crash in the Columbia River near Tansy Point and found significant damage to the fishing boat. Maess and his two passengers, Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham, managed to jump from the fishing boat just before the crash and were later treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office.

    Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, deputies said. Larsen was cited for reckless operation, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of fourth-degree assault.

    Larsen told investigators he couldn’t see where he was driving since he was sitting down. Larsen, who uses a motorized scooter on land, admitted that he probably should’ve been standing at the time, according to a sheriff’s report obtained by the Oregonian.

    Larsen’s son-in-law, who was also on the boat at the time, told investigators that he occasionally saw Larsen using his cellphone while driving the boat. State law bans cellphone use while driving, but there are no specific laws governing cellphone use while boating.

    Larsen has denied using his cellphone while driving the motorboat, claiming that allegations to the contrary were “fake news,” according to the Oregonian. He has pleaded not guilty as his criminal case unfolds.

    Investigators said Maess and his passengers likely dodged serious injury or death by leaping into the water. More than five months after the crash, Maess, who is a police officer, continues to suffer vision problems, headaches and injuries to his ankle, leg and arm, according to the suit.

    McMahon and Durham have yet to file lawsuits against Larsen, although they’ve hired attorneys to do so. Attorney Josh Lamborn said Durham suffered psychological trauma during the crash and hasn’t been able to return to the water since August.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2018
  2. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    Holy crap....

  3. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

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  4. Pistolkitty

    Pistolkitty Supporting Member

    That would absolutely suck!
  5. Basically one of the 3 fishermen are suing the owner of the boat whose 75 year old driver was not standing, and could not see them..

  6. Thx, Camo.

    Edited to add content, sorry boss
  7. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    Don't you ever pull a TNT again !!!!!!!!!!!!:headbang::headbang::headbang:
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  8. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    All good. The TNT rule applies to everyone, even me.
    adam01364 likes this.

    DEDUBE Si vis pacem para bellum Member

    We had a young man that was killed while out with his sail boat and was run over by a kid in a speed boat. The mans wife was with him and the accident opened up his skull like a can opener. The kid was underage and drunk so he raced home and left the area to avoid the cops.