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I heard on the radio this morning that there was a speed boat accidnet eary this morning, one died after they crashed into docks....
Anyone know what happen or who it is....
it makes me worry!
 

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All i heard is that the top of the boat was sheared off and it was 23 or 24 yo man from Sterling Heights. I think 3 or 4 people were injured. Very sad news
 

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Saw it on chanel 7 this morning, the boat went under a dock at 50+mph the windshield was still on but flattened. The boat continued on and stopped in the weeds approx 100ft past the dock. Happened on the north channel..3 injured and are at river district hosp. driver..uh no..
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I am not sure what happened yet. I am trying to get ahold of our Lt. I know he is working this right as I write but that is all the info I have right now. Once I have more I will update all.
 

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I agree with rerun we do not know details and the person who died is a human and has a family. He might have been confused as to where he was. If alcohol was involved it should be a lesson to us all. It has been a bad year for boating so far. Yes it would be far worse had more people died because of this but one is one to many in my book. Boating is our recreation, and it does have its dangers when we loose respect for the water. My prayers and sympathy to all of the familys who lost loved ones on the lakes this year.
 

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I used to think it was a big lake but as I meet more and more people I realize that it's not really such a big lake and everyone knows everyone thru this person or that person. For the record I don't know who it was but every time I hear of a accident on the lake I get worried. I've come to know to many great people and always fear it's one of them.

Another thing that bothers me is that I've done plenty of stupid things in my life. Any one of which could of cost me my life but for whatever reason god has looked down on me and givin me second chances. I just hate to see someone else not get that second chance.

I don't know if there's more accidents this year over past year or if this site has brought more of them to your door step. Before this site if I would of missed the news this morning odds are I might not of even heard about this accident or any others.
 

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Boating at night can be very difficult, even for the best captains in town. There are accidents every year, it seems like a lot this year, but if you look back at last year, it's about the same. My step dad is a marine sheriff and a member of the sheriffs dive team and he isn't any busier than any other summer.
 

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QUOTE(rerun @ Jul 30 2003, 08:56 AM)Another thing that bothers me is that I've done plenty of stupid things in my life. Any one of which could of cost me my life but for whatever reason god has looked down on me and givin me second chances. I just hate to see someone else not get that second chance.
That's the other part that makes me mad. They don't get to learn from their mistakes.

All my comments above are not directed specifically at this guy and accident. Sorry if it came out that way. Its more a general statement about all accidents.

I don't wish death upon anybody. I just get mad when I hear that someone died in an accident that likely could have easily been avoided if the person at fault had better judgement.

Does that make sense?
 

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I hate to hear stuff like this. I knew Jonh that died last week, not really well, but friend of friend thing, and I had been out with him a few times, and seen him everwhere all the time, so this is all fresh in my mind, and it really sucks to hear of another accident.

What gets me, is when I go out, I MIGHT have a beer or two when I first get there, otherwise I dont drink, and people generally seem ofended that I dont get skunk drunk like 99.9% of the people do.

The guy that was driving the boat in the fatal accident last week, had used my line of thinking, he would be feeling alot of sorrow, and regret, which is very tough to live with on it's own, but add to it all of that Jail time he's facing. Was the buzz worth it, or could he have had a good time without having a blood alcohol level 2x the legal limit?? Ofcourse you never expect this to happen to you, but what if something does happen? If your sober you feel really bad, if your drunk, theres alot more problemsand conciquences.

Snow, I'm very outspoken as well, but DAMN. You like to post alot, but think first, good people from this board probably know the guy, and you'll really make them mad. If you're gonna spend all that time with your mouth open, it really increases the chances of putting your foot in it. A little thought first, is all I'm saying...
 

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This will answer some of the questions:

Sterling Heights man killed in boating accident

The Associated Press July 30, 2003

The driver of a power boat with three others aboard apparently became disoriented early Wednesday and slammed into a dock near Harsens Island, shearing off the boat's top and killing one man.
Three others were hurt in the crash that occurred about 12:20 a.m. in the channel between the mainland and Lake St. Clair's Harsens Island, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said.

"The boat went underneath the dock and came to rest approximately 100 feet on the other side of the dock, shearing off the top portion of the watercraft," the department said in a news release.

The crash killed a 23-year-old Sterling Heights man and injured three others -- 18-year-old and 19-year-old Sterling Heights men and another person whose identity was not immediately known -- it said.

The department did not release the survivors' conditions or the names of those on board. Nor did it say who was driving the boat. It said an investigation is under way.

©The Macomb Daily 2003
 

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This is what WDIV has on it.Man Dies When Boat Slams Into Dock
Three Others Suffer Critical Injuries

POSTED: 8:27 a.m. EDT July 30, 2003
UPDATED: 9:01 a.m. EDT July 30, 2003

A 23-year-old Sterling Heights man was killed after a boat slammed into a dock on Harsen's Island.

Authorities said the driver of the 20-foot inboard powerboat was going too fast when it hit the dock west of the island ferry in the north channel of Anchor Bay in Lake St. Clair. There was little moonlight Tuesday night, which made the area very dark, Local 4 reported.

The St. Clair County Marine Division received a call about the crash around 12:20 a.m. from Clay Township.

The driver apparently didn't see the dock, Sgt. Tom Buckley of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said. He said there are a lot of unlit docks in the area and boaters can come into contact with them easily.

Three other occupants of the boat were critically injured including an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man from Sterling Heights. The other victim has reportedly not been identified.

There are no reports as to who was operating the boat. The victims' names have not been released.
 

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its sad when anyone so young dies no mater how it happend ,
 

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What a tragedy, but this isn't the first time someone's ran into a dock. Last year the same thing happened up north somewhere. Some dock's stick out quit far. Maybe something should be done? Make it mandatory that any dock that extends out over x-feet needs to have lights or reflectors or something? I hate to see more regulations, but this isn't the first time this has happened and unfortunately it probably wont be the last.
 

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I've got to side - somewhat - with sno on this one. Looking at the facts that are known so far, that the boat ran underneath a dock hard enough to kill one person and critically injure 2 others, then end up 100 ft up the shore - well, that's simply irresponsible and is completely the captains fault.

My sympathy is reserved for the family of the deceased and the injured. Taking control of a boat, no matter how big or small, fast or slow, is a serious responsibility - much more so, IMHO, than driving a car. At least on the road you have lanes, traffic signs and signals, and cars have brakes. On the water, *you* have to know how to navigate and handle your vessel. The captain and only the captain is responsible for the safety of the boat, the passengers, and others on the water.

It is possible that there was a mechnical malfunction that contributed to or caused this accident. If not, the operator of the vessel abrogated his responsibility to his passengers and to anyone else on the water by operating his vessel in an unsafe manner, with tragic results. Boating during the day can be a dangerous business; at night it demands much more vigilence and caution.

If you're going fast enough to put the boat 100 ft up on the shore after hitting a dock, you are irresponsible and a danger to anyone in your boat or on the water.

It's terrible that someone died, but thank God he didn't kill anyone else.
 

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QUOTE(MONEYSHOT @ Jul 30 2003, 08:58 AM)My step dad is a marine sheriff and a member of the sheriffs dive team and he isn't any busier than any other summer.
That's good to know. Maybe the media is more up on it this year. I've been tracking lake related news for three years, and I don't ever recall weekly deaths like we're seeing this year.
 

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QUOTE(Capt'n Mike @ Jul 30 2003, 09:12 AM)QUOTE(MONEYSHOT @ Jul 30 2003, 08:58 AM) My step dad is a marine sheriff and a member of the sheriffs dive team and he isn't any busier than any other summer.
That's good to know. Maybe the media is more up on it this year. I've been tracking lake related news for three years, and I don't ever recall weekly deaths like we're seeing this year.
I think it's kind of deceptive - we've just had 2 or 3 accidents in a short period of time. But what about May and June? Nothing that I can remember. Overall, I bet the number of accidents is normal, but it *seems* worse because we've seen several in a couple of weeks.
 
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