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Old 07-13-2011, 11:07 AM
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Wow, what a shame, too young.

However, they say that of all the boats occupants, none were the owner. They are trying to figure out the connection to the owner.

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbc...120325/-1/NEWS

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Old 07-13-2011, 11:37 AM
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Very sad and seems to happen to often with inexperienced or intoxicated boat operators.
In any event I hope toxicology reports and investigation with the survivor determines who was piloting and whether they were intoxicated, impaired or inexperienced.
All boaters and especially performance boaters who operate their own or others boats need to live by some simple safe rules:
1. Know where you are when boating and slow speeds to reflect real visibility and possible in water dangers and lack of area knowledge!
2. Never, Never, Never operate and boat with passengers, especially at speed if you are hindered in any way by alcohol, drugs, vision problems or lack of experience or knowledge!
The bottom line is that almost all boating accidents are preventable! and its our responsibility as boaters to do so at all costs! Someones life may depend on it!
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:50 PM
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Sad for the passengers.

Reminds me of an incident here in St. Pete last year where a few kids (high school teenagers) left my marina in daddy's Sea Ray for an evening booze cruise and on their way back smashed into an erosion barrier jetty. All the idiot non-boaters and politicians reflexively blamed the jetty (never mind the underage drunk kids who had no business in a boat at night) and it's since been removed so now the tidal erosion will consume the airport runway.

Night. High-speed. Drunk. Those are the problems, not the jetties and barriers.

Read your [up-to-date] charts, don't speed at night, don't get sht-faced. It's that simple. 99% of these incidents are perfectly preventable.
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