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Old 11-04-2020, 11:47 AM
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I was told this morning at work that a coworkers father was killed in a boating accident near Wilmington yesterday. The guy that told me didn't know anything except he was hit by a larger boat. Nothing on the news except the election.
Old 11-04-2020, 12:29 PM
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Nothing on the Coast Guard News. Two people hoisted off a boat near Cape Hatteras is all.
Old 11-04-2020, 01:32 PM
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Was it Emerald Isle? There's another post on it about a barge hitting a pontoon.
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Originally Posted by SweetNola View Post
Was it Emerald Isle? There's another post on it about a barge hitting a pontoon.
yes i think thats it. Thanks.
Old 11-04-2020, 06:59 PM
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this just came inNews ReleaseU.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
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Coast Guard responds to, investigates boating collision in Emerald Isle North Carolina

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard responded to and is investigating a collision that reportedly took place between a 94-foot tug and barge, and a pontoon boat, near the Emerald Isle High-Rise Bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to mariners in the region, and dispatched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water response boat crew and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, after they were notified that two people aboard a pontoon boat entered the water in the vicinity of Emerald Isle High-Rise Bridge.

One individual was reportedly removed from the water by the crew of a commercial salvage company that was nearby, and another reportedly rescued by a good Samaritan.

Both individuals were brought to shore where they were met with awaiting emergency medical services and transferred to Carteret Health Care hospital.

This incident is under investigation.

If you have any information, including photos or videos, that could assist the Coast Guard in their investigation, please contact Lt. Lisa Fanning at (252) 247-4522 or Lisa.M.Fanning@uscg.mil.
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Unfortunately all that gets to come of this is the captain of the tugs license being in jeopardy because some guys wanted to fish the middle of the ICW. Even if there was no feasible way for the barge to avoid the collision, it still is his responsibility to avoid the collision (just as it is for the pontoon but the pontoon doesn't have a license to lose)
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Originally Posted by Sproly View Post
Unfortunately all that gets to come of this is the captain of the tugs license being in jeopardy because some guys wanted to fish the middle of the ICW. Even if there was no feasible way for the barge to avoid the collision, it still is his responsibility to avoid the collision (just as it is for the pontoon but the pontoon doesn't have a license to lose)
wait, wut?
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Originally Posted by Flounderrr View Post
wait, wut?
He is saying that people will anchor in the middle of the ICW at that spot and block the waterway. Not much the tow captain can do as the narrow channel restricts his ability to maneuver, but he may be assigned blame nonetheless.

I'm often amazed to watch people sit in the middle of the channel at Beaufort when the big ocean-going freighters are transiting. They wait until the ship is right on them before moving. If their motor won't start, or go into gear, or steering fail, etc. there is no time for other options - that ship will ruin their day.

We were running up the ICW to a duck hunting spot at o'dark thirty one am and the tank ran dry. Switched tanks, pumped up but the motor would not fire. There was a barge headed our way and we paddled like crazy to get to the bank, waited for the barge to pass, backwash threw us around in the shallow water. Scary, those things are big... almost got out of the boat onto the bank. Barge passed, vented the tank, fired right up and went duck hunting.
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This is my first year off shore boating/fishing in my own vessel. I’ve been in/through/near the shipping lanes and those large cargo ships are moving faster than it appears when there are no other landmarks. We were returning to port and crossing the shipping lanes and one turned and changed course to where we were now on a perpendicular course to intersect. I was constantly monitoring distances and speeds and on more than one occasion was considering stopping and assuring safe passage behind it. Depth, speed perception (if no instruments) and captain error to try to out-run and start to parallel course and cut could end up in disaster. The wakes are also quite powerful and could be a challenge as one is often a “following seas” situation and you have to have good angles.
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Never embarrass a larger vessel.
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When judging the speed of large ships it's better to think in ship lengths. How many ship lengths does the ship cover in a minute , or a mile. If that ship is 5oo feet long and in about 10 ship lengths he's covered a mile. if he did that in 3 minutes he's traveling about 20 nautical mph. Look up the 3 minute rule and the 6 minute rule The_3_and_6_Minute_Rules.pdf or https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community...te-rule.38018/
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PeterDE, please explain to me how the two "Move the decimal......" comments in your link make any sense.
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Using the 3 minute rule: at 15 knots distance is 1500 (15.00 knautical mph move dec right 2 gives 1500 yds) same as multiplying by 100
Using the 6 minute rule: at 15 knots distance is 1.5 nm. (15 kts distance move dec left one, 1.5 nm) Same as dividing by 10

In the three minute you are using yards and multiplying. In the 6 minute rule you are using nautical miles and dividing.

This wasn't they way they taught it in USCG Officer Candidate School, but the answers come out the same.

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Okay, I see. Move the decimal instead of multiply or divide. I thought it was being applied to the answer derived from multiplying or dividing, probably because the original values of 20 and 15 did not show decimal places.

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