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Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       05-23-2007, 1:48 PM Reply   
heres a little reminder of how an accident similar to what happened at lake sonoma recently can occur, innocently enough.
http://dbw.ca.gov/boatsmarter/captains_blog-6.html

so be careful all, its going to be hot and perfect to get out and play...and it will be crowded
Old    Flux (flux)      Join Date: Jun 2003       05-23-2007, 1:56 PM Reply   
Good post Andy. I am heading down to Havasu with friends and family and my number one concern is being safe, then getting some good pulls and all the fun in. I just wanna stay out of the way of the knuckleheads.
Old    Andy Graham (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-23-2007, 2:44 PM Reply   
I'll share another one. About 5 years ago I was on a short vacation in the Carribbean staying at a bay front resort hotel. A triathlete, I wanted to swim for a bit but the roped off "swimming area" was about the size of a basketball court. Too small, boring. So, used to open water swimming here in the La Jolla Cove, I decide to swim from the beach to an area about 200 yards off shore where there are approximately 30 boats moored. There weren't many boats around that afternoon and my thinking was that my only exposure was the open water until I got to the mooring area where no boats would be speeding through. The first half of the plan went just fine - I even waived to a few sail boaters on their moored yachts.

Well... on the way back to the beach, I'm cranking along enjoying the clear water when I get a hard bump on the shoulder and then get spun like wiping out in 10 foot surf. As soon as I surface, I realize what's happen and see the speedboat pulling away. I do a body check and while thankfully everything's attached, I see that I have a two inch gash on my hand and am bleeding significantly. I decide to yell help to a kid on the pier about 50 yards away just in case I pass out before anyone sees me. At this point the boater realizes, stops, asks if I'm OK (reply was no!) and then ties up to the pier which I'm attempting to swim to. I make it there kicking while grasping my bleeding hand with the good one. The boater pulls me out and takes me down the beach to the hotel, blood all down the front of me from my hand. We hook up with my date and friends and they start to take over.

Long story short, after making a scene in the hotel lobby, I get an exciting ride in the ambulance to the hospital, find out my arm is also broken, get patched up and on a plane the next day back to CA. The surgeon there puts a metal plate in my arm to heal the broken bone and I have 20 stitches in my palm. Today looking at me, you wouln't know something like this ever happened.

But I was extremely lucky. I'm pretty sure that the lower unit hit my forearm in the area of my wrist and broke it. Then as my arm was swinging out of the way, the prop must have hit the palm of my hand causing the gash. Now if I was only one foot further ahead when the boat passed over... I shiver when I think about how close that really was.

Been around boats growing up and all my life. Never in a million years did I think such an incident was a possibility for me.

Barefoot Skier's right - Be careful out there.
Old    Flight007 (poser007)      Join Date: Nov 2004       05-23-2007, 3:14 PM Reply   
Last summer I was being pulled by my own boat. I was in the water waiting for them to come back and get me when the driver yelled hey Dan my glasses are sinking...I just said go get them I will wait. Well they were about 100 meters away from me getting his glasses when a jet boat comes ripping around the corner. Im floating in the water by myself no flag up etc....I start thinking holy hell this could be bad. I fling the board off my feet and start waving it in the air since the boat is approaching me dead on and about 50 miles per hour. NOT SURE IF THEY can SEE ME I fling my life vest off and with them about 30 yeards away I duck under water about 10 feet they went right over the top of me. At the last minute they saw my board and hit it and messed up their hull a bit they came back to see if they ran me over. They were like freakingout but the moral of the story is never leave your wing man not even for a seond. Keep that flag up and pay attention at all times. Could have been one less wakeboarder out there all for a pair or 50 dollar glasses.
Old    Clubjoe (clubjoe)      Join Date: Sep 2005       05-24-2007, 4:11 PM Reply   
Great .............I was gonna sit this weekend out and avoid all the stoopids that show up............Then my girlfriend informs me her out of town pal w/boyfriend are visiting and want to ride! I can't even use the 6a.m. speech, cuz they appreciate the good water. FOILED AGAIN!!
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       05-24-2007, 5:09 PM Reply   
The worst time in the Delta on the three day weekends is friday night when the big boats are headed out. Be careful.... and have fun.

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