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Boating accident


dizzygti

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dizzygti

Not even sure what to title the post, but here goes.   Picked up two friends at a marina by my usual ramp,  had been on the water exactly 8 min based on 911 call time.   We were cruising maybe 10mph, having a causal conversation,  Hendrix was playing in the background,  and "oh look, a ski, what is he?!?!" WHAAMMMM.   Jet ski rider slammed into the back of my boat.   My buddy's girl jumps in to help the guy,  my buddy is freaking out getting life jackets,  I'm calling 911...   The guy was face down floating,  she got to him,  I gave detailsto 911 operator and idled back to him.   We got him on the platform and supported his head.   We waited for instructions from 911 and eventually idled over to a nearby park where EMS met us.   I actually ironically knew the jet ski owners who were on the beach, they had no clue what was going on.   I screamed at them to go get EMS because they weren't sure where we were coming from but I could see their lights in the parking lot.   Damage to boat is minimal, it's a boat and can be fixed and it's not important.   The other guy was air lifted out, and has a long road ahead of him.  (Warning, mildly graphic picture below) Broken/dislocated jaw, many missing teeth, bleeding profusely out his mouth.... his breathing was ragged and he even stopped breathing for about 15 seconds at one point.   He barely hit the boat,  I was surprised at the lack of damageto both my boat and the ski honestly.  The real stinker is they impounded my boat for accident investigation.  I know that's not important in the grand scheme of things but no telling how long they'll keep it.   No real lesson learned here other than keep your head on a swivel and know what to do beforehand in an accident.   Be safe out there. 

 

 

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Glad you guys are ok, it can be traumatizing.  This is my biggest fear with my family, having to stay out of the way of others.   It’s been a really rough year so far in the Chicago area for accidents too.  Just this weekend, two teenage girls on a ski hit a boat on the chain of lakes and both drowned.  I’m surprised they took your boat too, but I guess the officials need to figure out what happened too. Fortunately, this is why we have insurance, fiberglass can be fixed or replaced.  

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Hope the guy is going to be okay. Traumatizing like Nick55 said. Keep us posted. And hoping you get your boat back soon and get back in the saddle.

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Hopefully that guy makes full recovery. Awesome job for the rescue major props! 

Many Jetski’s are the go to toy for friends and relatives to take out but you sit back and watch all these ppl especially teens driving and they often are looking back at another jet skit they are out with not even paying attention to where there going let alone any surrounding boats.

another sad one

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13552453/Lake-Marine-Illinois-jet-ski-crash-teenagers-killed.html

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Are those Blue laced sneakers while on a watercraft? Odd if not some kind of water shoe to say the least cant quite tell from beach shot

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You’re handling it pretty well.  I would be livid that my boat was impounded after it was hit by someone on a jet ski.  Obviously I feel for the injured jet ski operator but I would think a couple witness statements would suffice Johnny law.

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1 hour ago, The Hulk said:

Many Jetski’s are the go to toy for friends and relatives to take out but you sit back and watch all these ppl especially teens driving and they often are looking back at another jet skit they are out with not even paying attention to where there going let alone any surrounding boats.

This.  They're like motorcycles, but people today don't get the progression from 250, 400, 600, 750cc, etc.   It's give Timmy dad's 80mph supercharged ski and he'll be fine!  Mind boggling.  I don't know what this guy was doing?!   How do you run into the back of a boat going 10mph when you're at probably 30-40mph?  I can't wrap my head around it other than some people just aren't born with enough natural ability to avoid danger. Very sad. 

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dizzygti
1 minute ago, PNWoke said:

You’re handling it pretty well.  I would be livid that my boat was impounded after it was hit by someone on a jet ski.  Obviously I feel for the injured jet ski operator but I would think a couple witness statements would suffice Johnny law.

Those were given, and I passed sobriety check.   The boat was seized plain and simple because this guy might die.  They were crazy about wanting me to not start or turn on the boat, thinking it has some telemetry that gets overwritten that is going to show them something other than guy ran into me from behind.  I had the wedge in lift mode to get the deck up to keep this guy out of the water and left it there.   That was a whole ordeal with not starting the boat and getting it on the trailer without raising the wedge but they finally caved and let me drive the boat onto the trailer after towing it back to the dock that let me get the wedge safe and the boat on the trailer.   Cops...I try to have sympathy but they aren't the brightest either, but they have a tough job and I respect that.  

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Thanks for sharing.  Glad you are okay.  

I would be off my rocker about getting my boat seized.  

We used to put in at Vann's Tavern back in our ATL days.

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7 hours ago, The Hulk said:

That’s the one I was talking about.  Wife and I were discussing it before it even made local news (unfortunately, it ended up on the book of faces because someone witnessed it) and I wondered how old they were….. I cant imagine what the parents are going through now.

Now, I can’t believe my parents handed me the keys to the truck and boat and my friends spent days on the lake by ourselves at 17….. of course, we weren’t boozing (we were too scared of the beatings that would happen).  I’m way too nervous to think about handing my boat off to my kids, even in a few years when they might be able to.   

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DRB10SEVEN

Always a good reminder that things can get serious in a hurry. Hopefully the fuzz don't keep your boat for long. I am the type that would potentially lawyer up at a certain point. Glad you and your crew were safe, and hopefully the guy on the ski can recover.

To add my own experience to this, a couple years ago we had a friend cut his foot badly, and we had to wrap it in a towel and get him back to the truck so he could go to the hospital for stiches. It was about a 15 minute boat ride back to the marina. It wasn't that huge of a deal but it woke us all up a bit. If he had much worse of a bleed it could have been more serious and time sensitive.

We now carry a North American Rescue I-ROK kit on our boat at all times. Tons of good stuff in there to stop major bleeding, and we added some boo-boo band aids for minor stuff. 

https://www.narescue.com/i-rok-kit.html

If any of you reading any of this feel moved to, go purchase some first aid supplies, and consider getting trained on how to use it.

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7 hours ago, dizzygti said:

Those were given, and I passed sobriety check.   The boat was seized plain and simple because this guy might die.  They were crazy about wanting me to not start or turn on the boat, thinking it has some telemetry that gets overwritten that is going to show them something other than guy ran into me from behind.  I had the wedge in lift mode to get the deck up to keep this guy out of the water and left it there.   That was a whole ordeal with not starting the boat and getting it on the trailer without raising the wedge but they finally caved and let me drive the boat onto the trailer after towing it back to the dock that let me get the wedge safe and the boat on the trailer.   Cops...I try to have sympathy but they aren't the brightest either, but they have a tough job and I respect that.  

Good on you being cool headed in the situation.  I would NOT be pleased about them trying to seize my boat.  There is nothing more to learn from this that they can't see already and note from the testimonies from your crew.  I wonder if in hindsight had you offered to bring them the boat with your truck and trailer, and they could observe/escort the process, would they have accepted that.  

Man, what an ordeal and bad luck for everyone, especially homeboy on the jet ski.  Terrible.  

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47 minutes ago, rennis said:

I wonder if in hindsight had you offered to bring them the boat with your truck and trailer, and they could observe/escort the process, would they have accepted that.  
 

I did!   They weren't having it.   Most of the time was waiting on their truck to show up and hook up to my trailer and then waffling about whether to let me turn on the boat.  It was all a PITA made more complicated than it should have been by cops who can't use common sense and only follow the procedures they are told.  

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1 hour ago, DRB10SEVEN said:

If any of you reading any of this feel moved to, go purchase some first aid supplies, and consider getting trained on how to use it.

Having taken Wilderness First Aid a couple of times, I second this.  Get trained, be prepared, and hope you never need it.

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Btown801

This is crazy story!

Any mechanics on here willing to elaborate on what the boat computer records? I know it records hours and rpm information, but does it store the last few hours data?

I hate to tell you this but you may have some ambulance chasing attorney coming after you. Which is the sad state of the world. This stupid event which was no fault of yours is likely to cost you time and money. 

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9 hours ago, dizzygti said:

I told the cop to be careful, his truck wasn't rated for this weight.  :rofl:

 

2 hours ago, oldjeep said:

F150?  :tease1:

I know a good Ford tech that can help with the tranny and differentials. 😉

 

on a serious note, I hope it turns out ok for him and you. Scary situation. I have mixed emotions about posting that first photo where he can clearly be identified. Not sure I would post that one personally. 

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By the way, it might be useful to note that the Jetski has a Florida registration that expired over a year ago.  This may indicate a distinct propensity to not follow rules, if that happens to come up in any later discussions.

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40 minutes ago, CDAWake said:

First, I hope that guy makes a full recovery and I’m glad there weren’t more injuries. 
 

Second, how on earth do the police have the right to impound your boat!?!? Unless you are being charged with something, I can’t see how that is within their rights. I think an attorney would have the boat back in your driveway tomorrow. 
 

just the libertarian side of my brain firing up here….

I’ve been thinking about this too.  I’m trying to think how this would be handled if it were a car and I don’t think it would be impounded. I’d definitely see if you could talk to an attorney that handles vehicle law, and ask if it’s typical.  If not, I’d ask for a letter to be submitted to the proper contacts (a local traffic attorney should know who that is). Id be very concerned with how your property is stored and who will have access to it.  I’d also be proactive and contact the other party’s insurance (if they have any, if not, yours) and get a claim started.  You will need all of your photos of any damage and likely statements from your passengers so. 

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58 minutes ago, CDAWake said:

Second, how on earth do the police have the right to impound your boat!?!? Unless you are being charged with something, I can’t see how that is within their rights. I think an attorney would have the boat back in your driveway tomorrow. 

Same as a roadgoing motor vehicle accident, if there's a chance of death, they impound the cars as evidence.    Doubt a lawyer can do much for me.   

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33 minutes ago, dizzygti said:

Same as a roadgoing motor vehicle accident, if there's a chance of death, they impound the cars as evidence.    Doubt a lawyer can do much for me.   

I guess… seems like a huge over reach to me. I’m going to ask our local sheriffs department how they would handle this, just for my own curiosity 

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