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Old 01-27-2019, 04:13 PM
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Takes a real man to come into this thread and post what you did. You dat man, and thanks for posting.
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:19 PM
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Wow LSU. Quite a life changing event! I hope and pray for quick recovery. It might sound strange, but if you’ve never gone through an event like this before where you spend multiple days in icu, be sure to look after your mental health as well. It could have been much worse, yes, but i imagine it was bad enough that it will change you for the rest of your life. Don’t think too hard about what you could have done differently. It happened. Learn from it and keep sharing your experience with others.
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:24 PM
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LSU, I had no idea the injuries were that severe and did not intend to blast that part out there. My apologies for that. Very glad you and your friend are on the mend and that is was not worse than it was. Thank you for responding.
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:45 PM
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Is there a picture of the hull? from the outside of the boat? Glad yall have recovered!!
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:04 PM
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I just wanted to say what a classy man you are. You have shared a terrible experience with dignity and honesty. I only hope that some of our fellow THT posters learn from your character. Wish for your quick recovery and getting back on the water soon.
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:22 PM
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Grisly pics damn. Glad you’re on the mend getting back at it.

Sidebar. Looks like your jaw is wired pretty shut, even with everything being purée to death, how do you eat it? Just like suck it trough gaps in your teeth?
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:21 PM
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Thank you for sharing and wishing you and your friend a speedy recovery.
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by LSU2thDr View Post
It was a little foggy as I left the marina so I reached down to flip on the radar. When I turned into Tiger Pass it was not foggy at all. I idled thru a no wake zone and and powered up to check engine performance with the new props. We went about 1/2 of a mile and made the turn back to the marina. Neither I or my two friends ever saw the light. I was concentrating on RPM, fuel economy and speed. we were not at full speed just our average cruise speed. Concentrating on performance,. I stopped my scan of other instruments and outside of the wind shield!

I have struggled with everything I could have done different. It was a preventable accident.
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OK, I will be the bad guy here....

Glad to hear that everyone survived...but it could have been far worse if you had hit another boat at that speed in the dark. You probably would not have seen the other boat's light either. There is clearly one very important thing you could have done differently and that would be to have reduced speed. This is no mystery.
Ex-coastie. I frequently sit on my dock at night and see many "captains" with large and fast boats running the estuary in the dark with no lights on and no spotlight. I keep my phone handy to report the inevitable accident that will happen some night.

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Old 01-27-2019, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
OK, I will be the bad guy here....

Glad to hear that everyone survived...but it could have been far worse if you had hit another boat at that speed in the dark. You probably would not have seen the other boat's light either. There is clearly one very important thing you could have done differently and that would be to have reduced speed. This is no mystery.
Ex-coastie. I frequently sit on my dock at night and see many "captains" with large and fast boats running the estuary in the dark with no lights on and no spotlight. I keep my phone handy to report the inevitable accident that will happen some night.

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Old 01-27-2019, 08:25 PM
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As a fellow LSU Tiger, I am humbled at your openness and honesty but not surprised. I can assure you that your story will resonate with me each time I get that “hair on the back of my neck” feeling, especially at night. Obviously, you know what you are doing and to admit that complacency may have played a role means that many of us will have flash-recollections of your pictures in our minds when we are “pretty sure” that we are good with a turn, at a “safe distance” off the bank/coast or at a “comfortable speed” when running at night. Your candor very well may save a life, injury or damage. it would be my honor to treat you and your wife to a round at Fred’s before a home game this coming Fall. In the meantime, we’re keep the purple and gold flag flying!



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Old 01-27-2019, 09:20 PM
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Man, bad things happen quickly. Thanks for the complacency lesson and honesty. My squeamish and empathetic self may never forgive you for some of those pics even if I squinted past them, lol. If we ever cross paths, I'm buying your beer.
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Old 01-27-2019, 09:25 PM
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Wow, hell of a story. Thanks for sharing and your candor LSUdoc. I hope you and your buddies heal quickly. I also hope some tthat passed judgement before the facts feel at least a little ashamed .
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:06 PM
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It takes a lot of courage to post a thread such as this on tht, luckily no one died. Having gone through this what would you have done differently to prevent the accident, what's the take home lesson. I've had my share of accidents, afterwords I remember and rely on lessons learned.

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Old 01-28-2019, 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post

killed dead or worse, what a strange thing to say, I don't think you can be killed and still alive, and killed is pretty serious, can't see it getting any worse.
Believe me, in my job I have seen much worse! Quadriplegia, severe brain injuries, triple amputations, horrific burns. Death would be a blessing sometimes.

Im very happy that you were not hurt worse LSU. Best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery.
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Old 01-28-2019, 06:53 AM
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Someone asked "what's the take home lesson"

Good to hear all will recover.

And, not as a bash but for others to take away from this is running at night in confined quarters is pushing it a little.
120 yards of clearance as he states is fairly tight at 30 MPH in the dark.

We most all have operated at night, myself as well. Most of the time for myself it is open water with radar and at my slowest cruise speed. There is always the chance of hitting floating debris but most all other objects that are fixed or floating are either marked or show well on the radar and I am going to do my best not to get within a 100 yards of anything when running in the dark. It doesn't take but a few seconds at 30 MPH to cover 60 yards which is all the room the OP had between his vessel and hard contacts. One quick glance or distraction and its too late, boats don't have brakes. Gary Doug made a comment about what he sees all the time from his dock. He sees me from time to time at night. He will also see me Idle by in that confined area in front of his place at night.

Impact into large stationary objects even at slower speeds can be pretty brutal. A instant 10 MPH to 0 MPH stop is nasty. Way worse than glancing off of an object or hitting floating debris when running.I know from experience that sudden stop is a SOB. I have a 10 to 0 scar to prove it.

Once again I am glad to hear all will recover and hope this event gets all thinking about the things we all have done and what can happen.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:26 AM
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wow glad you guys are all right that could have gone much worse.
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:11 AM
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Well written response. Hopefully it can get a few people to realize how quickly bad can go to worse. Running in the dark is already bad, not saying I haven’t or won’t do it, just how quick things happen. I am glad to hear the boat faired as well as it did, didn’t sink right there, and was able to get everyone to safety, that is the main requirement at a time like that. Also glad to hear the injuries were not much worse, sounds like everyone will recover to enjoy their passions again.
Hopefully everyone learns something here, and the armchair quarterback’s realize they are not impervious to accidents, on the water or land. It can happen anywhere, and no one is impervious. In some cases it is a second of distraction on your case, and sometimes it is from someone else.

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Old 01-28-2019, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by snapperkiller View Post
Is that the concrete dock between Cypress Cove and the split of TIger and Red Pass? It has been there for 20 years but they did something to it. I think there was equipment on it that they pulled off. It is very low to the water and does not pick up well on radar
If you come out of Cypress Cove and take a right, it is not far down on the right hand side. I remember some equipment sitting on it at one time. I have passed it may times during the day and dark. I do not believe it is illuminated at all. Add to the fact that is very near to the lights from the Venice Marina and you have a recipe for night blindness.

LSU, I have seen your boat a bunch of times in that area. Heal up and get back after them again. Running at night in that area and the river always makes me nervous because all of the equipment that gets moved around. You have dredges, jack up rigs, barges, etc. Glad to see you will eventually be ok. From one LSU alumni to another, Geaux Tigers!
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Old 01-28-2019, 06:17 PM
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Old 01-28-2019, 06:40 PM
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Oof. Count your lucky stars, could have been a much, much worse.
Godspeed on your recovery.
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