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Old 08-27-2011, 01:08 AM
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Default Sailboat nearly injures scuba divers in Palm Beaches

I caught this story on the CBS 12 News in the Palm Beaches ... 'Think this boat captain has a clue?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJC5PQhhQsE
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:40 AM
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Outside the channel AND ignoring dive flags......WTF!!!!!????
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:04 AM
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Thats what happens when you go 6 knots with a case of beer
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:09 AM
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How hard is it to track down? I am sure the guy recording it has the number off the side of the sail boat.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:28 AM
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dumbazz glad all turned outok for divers
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:35 AM
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I saw that last night. I bet the operator of the sailboat is claiming the divers should not have been there so it is not his fault. Remember it is always someone elses fault.

I studied hard, and spent allot of time as a mate get a captians licence , just getting behind the helm does not qualify you to be called a captian in my eyes. I think this video proves that.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:43 AM
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Motoring away...... Scary
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:01 AM
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Let's look at this another way..the friggin' divers are diving within 100' of a navigation channel. no one says you have to use the center channel.

You divers need to follow the rules also.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:05 AM
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What's the big deal? Looks just like lobster sport season in the Florida Keys. Only difference is the sailboat is going slower and the guys on the dive boat are doing a lot of yelling.
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i wonder how bad it would hurt to be hit by sailboat going walking speed? Not the prop but the boat/keel.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:10 AM
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Does anyone see a dive flag? Looks like crab trap floats to me. What's the dive boat doing NOT protecting its divers?

Oh yea, the divers own the waters.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:11 AM
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It would be worse if he stopped and the current took the boat into the pilings. Isn't that part of the channel?
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:11 AM
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The dive boat had just gone under the bridge, with its divers, on their way out toward the Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlet. The channel breaks into and east and west courses around Peanut Island (not pictured). The dive boat took the east channel, making a sharp left (east) turn after the Blue Heron Bridge, and the divers and dive boat captain saw the sailboat as it made the left turn.

The divers in the water had come from the adjacent park and were not associated with the dive boat.

That is a very popular and well known diving spot. Any local boater should know that, or at least watch for the half-dozen dive flags (they are flags attached to floats) right in front of the boat.

The site of the sailboat is not a navigable part of the channel and I have seen very few (and usually small) boats go through there.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Let's look at this another way..the friggin' divers are diving within 100' of a navigation channel. no one says you have to use the center channel.

You divers need to follow the rules also.
you are right sir, no one says that....but someone DOES say you must stay 300' from a diver down flag. Now your next question is how if they are only 100' from the channel. Well that makes it tough but if he used the channel or perhaps went the other side if he needed to be out of the channel well, there is the answer. there is NO fault on the divers in this situation, its the moron capt who was plainly warned and plainly knew not what he was doing.....
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Originally Posted by reelyreely View Post
you are right sir, no one says that....but someone DOES say you must stay 300' from a diver down flag. Now your next question is how if they are only 100' from the channel. Well that makes it tough but if he used the channel or perhaps went the other side if he needed to be out of the channel well, there is the answer. there is NO fault on the divers in this situation, its the moron capt who was plainly warned and plainly knew not what he was doing.....
I'm seeing the video on an iPhone, so maybe I'm missing the flags and where the diveboat is. It looks tough for the sailboat to see the divers before he is already there and it doesn't look safe to shut down or turn around. This seems to be a common sense issue.
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The flags are attached to floats. There are many of them.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Let's look at this another way..the friggin' divers are diving within 100' of a navigation channel. no one says you have to use the center channel.

You divers need to follow the rules also.
Wow dude. I see dive boats being discourteous when people are fishing, and I see yahoo fisherman being discourteous to properly flagged dive boats. I have no bias. This is a blatant case of ignorance on the sailboater's part. Dive flags with bouys were up. There is no law that you can't dive there and they are on the OTHERSIDE of the wall from the center of the bridge (ie channel). And you do have to use the channel or other side of the bridge where there are no flags,( technically the right side of the bridge seeing the direction he is headed) if there are dive flags up , which they are.
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So no one uses the intracoastal except locals? Omniscience is not a requirement for boating.

Dive flags on the buoys? Really? I can't see them, and I'd guess the vantage point is about 300'.

While the site is not the channel, it IS obviously navigable. It is NOT marked "do not use as for navigation".

I'm not saying the sailboat is 100% in the right, I'm just saying the divers themselves are absolutely not without fault in this issue. Of course the media fans the flames of contention with gross misinformation.
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