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Old 06-18-2004, 12:36 PM
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Yea things can look a little like below.

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Old 06-18-2004, 01:25 PM
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Sorry to hear this Marc, I did not know it was 4am, even worse for a boat that may not have nav lights. If you hear more let me know, I am getting my info from a person who lives there, not always accurate.
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Old 06-18-2004, 01:48 PM
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Very sorry to hear that .....

Fog is NO fun , thats for sure !

We got stuck in it one night . Coming back from bar hopping with the boat ,(no drinking of course ). We were on the Manisquan inlet by point pleasant all night going from bar to bar just having a great old time !!

Started to head back to the marina when they all closed at about 3am .......
we came out the other end of the point pleasant canal, into a total fog bank !! it was so bad , I had my buddy sit on the bow of the boat to watch for anything and he could not see him it all sitting there !!! I had 1 motor off and the other just bumping it in and out of gear trying to feel our way back .... We even shut it off once in a while to listen for other boats . I made him whistle a tune so I knew he didn't fall off.... We made a wrong turn and ended up about a mile from where we thought we were ...... We went up the metedaconk (sp) river instead of down the bay !

But agian, sorry to hear about this . It is a shame .
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Old 06-18-2004, 03:19 PM
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Hey DT42, we have a new 75 SF there now and a 75 Motor Yacht and DeVos has a 92 Hat SF...with heavily update power and electronics.
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This sucks, be smart everybody, fast is fun but do it away from the shore and other boats. These are "offshore boats" take 'em out and run away from everything else.
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My son came home last nite and told me about this accident. It was a Seadoo Speedster, I have one myself. It is a 14' boat with lights, etc. They hit the pier at 3:30am ant the survivor didnt make it to a phone until 5am.. That is what I heard. The fellow that died, apparently drowned. Not sure if life jackets were on or if the fog was a factor. That pier is not very well lit and it is easy to miss in the fog, but my son saw the boat it was a mess, so that means some speed was involved. The young man that was killed has been boating since he was a kid. Just bad judgement all around!! It is too bad!! I feel for his family and friends! They will be in our thoughts and prayers. Not sure if all the details are out, but that is what my son told me..
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I feel for the family's and friends that are left behind but is it me or are Kids doing stupid stuff these days and dieing a lot. The highways around me are littered with make shift memorials of kids that have died in their cars. Was it like that when I was a kid and I just did not see it or are these kids now just pushing it even farther then we did?

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I think it is a combination of things. More people all the time. Hard to get anywhere anymore. The roads were built 40yrs ago and no major upgrades since around here. The crosses are a nice touch, keeps me alert when I drive back and forth to work. And yes the kids have more toys available to them then when I was young, but that was almost a hundred years ago.
I think, or at least hope in this case, it was purely an accident. Something that might have been prevented?? we don't know. Common sense tells us to take it easy when visibility is hampered. I heard of a plane diving into Lake Mich a years ago.. Didn't understand it, but they say it was from being disorientated over the water.

Who knows, kids will be kids, but the loss is a tragedy when a young person dies.

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Very sorry to hear this It's a shame. You have to be careful when boating because things can go wrong very fast. You should not be on plane and if you are you can't hear anything else around you. I have shot this inlet many times at night and a few in fog and it is not fun the lighting is poor. For anyone that boats in this area maybe you know this all ready but to turn on the Saugatuck Pier Fog horn go to channel 79 and key your mike 5 times. To turn it off key it 7 times.
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Its a terrible thing!!!I cany amagine anything bad happening to my daughter...my heart breaks for the family.
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