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Old 09-17-2008, 12:33 PM
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I saw this editorial printed in our local paper. I am not familiar with the Lake Norman situation to comment.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/op...rs-134773.html


Mooneyham: Big boats create big dangers
By Scott Mooneyham
Capitol Press Association


At sprawling Lake Norman north of Charlotte, boating accidents occur so frequently that a local law firm has created a special Web page to solicit victims of the accidents.

Each year, Lake Norman, when compared to other lakes, leads the state in the number of boating accidents. It’s not even close.

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I’ve boated on these lakes and many others around the state. Lake Norman is different.

Each weekend, it’s filled with massive 40-foot cruisers with 3-foot drafts, turning the lake into a raging sea.

These boats are made to run in the ocean or the Great Lakes, not a high-boat-traffic, man-made lake. But a lot of people living on Lake Norman have more money than sense.

Earlier this summer, Gov. Mike Easley decided, absent any real evidence, that large boats being towed down North Carolina roads represent a danger to other motorists. He unsuccessfully vetoed more liberal towing limits.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:44 PM
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I have been on LKN a few times, and I am going back out there this weekend. It's really not that bad. If you use common sense when approaching a large wake, there shouldn't be any trouble. The reason Lake Norman leads the state in the number of boating accidents is partially due to the fact that its the largest lake in NC and most developed. So of course, there are going to be more accidents. People like the guy who hit the bridge running full speed at night, and others like him are the idiots that probably cause most of them. The water is full of them, lake and ocean alike.

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Just read the article. The guy is an idiot. He compares Jordan Lake to Norman. Jordan is completely un-developed. I have been on Jordan a few times as well, and never seen near the amount of boats we at High Rock see during the late spring and early fall times. He is comparing apples to oranges.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:52 PM
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Lake Abnorman is a freaking zoo. We had a place on LKN while I was growing up. I could run down to the marina on a Sunday afternoon, see 6 boats and I knew all of them. Recently it seems that you can walk across the lake from gunwale to gunwale. We sold our place years ago because it was like having a boat interstate in your front yard. I have always said that they should have put a length restriction on boats when they filled it up.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:57 PM
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People like the guy who hit the bridge running full speed at night, and others like him are the idiots that probably cause most of them.
What happened in this situation? Any details? Sounds like they were lucky to walk/swim away from that.

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Then in August, just hours after Stephens pulled back into Davidson after a summer break, he got a 2 a.m. alarm call to another I-77 traffic incident. A car and boat were damaged at the scene, indicating to responders at first an accident involving a car pulling a boat trailer.




“When we arrived, people said there were two people trapped under the overturned boat, and one of them was dead. I could not believe there were people in the boat. How did that happen?”

In fact, there were three people in the boat on the lake, inebriated and running full throttle with no consideration in the nighttime darkness that they might be headed straight for the Interstate 77 causeway over the lake. They hit the causeway’s riprap slope and were launched into the air onto the road, skimming over the hood of a startled passing motorist’s car before being demolished in its impact with the roadway and ending up overturned in the median.

Stephens, arriving first on scene, helped stabilize the two boaters who were badly injured after noting that the third, who had been ejected, was in stable condition. Both of the badly hurt victims survived and were flown out by helicopter after Stephens and others extricated them from the wreckage, moving at the same time to cover with foam the high octane boat fuel that had spilled all over the scene that was therefore a possible source of ignition.
I think that was in '02 or '03. I remember hearing about it when I was in college at UNCC. Pretty crazy. Most lakes around NC aren't that active at night, Lake Norman on the other hand, is. They have bars and restaurants all over the place. Boats, alcohol, darkness, and speed don't mix well.
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I remember that accident. There were 3 people that worked with NASCAR. No drivers, but mechanics and such.
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Yea, its kinda hard to forget something that rediculous. At least no one was killed.
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I'm there everyday. The biggest draw to LKN is its proximity to Charlotte (Jobs, Nightlife, Dense Population). This creates a ton of congestion on the lake in the Summer. I do a good bit of striper fishing on the lake in the winter and the traffic on the lake even in the winter has doubled in the past 3 years.

There a lot of big boats on the lake. Just recently I was netting bait in the very back of Stumpy Creek and came across a 50' Cruiser. That has been the biggest damn monohull boat I have seen on the lake and in the last place I'd thought I would ever see it.

The lake hasn't changed much but the area has. Won't be long and Troutman will be just another suburb of Charlotte.

BTW, Was it the son of the owner of the Hickory Baseball team that hit a bridge on Lake Hickory with a PWC several years back?
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