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Old 07-15-2012, 05:00 AM
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Eight people and one pet cat were rescued Friday when a sportfishing boat collided with a sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean off Delaware, officials said. No one was injured.

The collision occurred about 4 a.m. seven miles east of Bethany Beach, said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Michael Kristiansen.

Crew members at the Indian River Coast Guard Station heard a mayday call over VHF marine radio after the 41-foot sailboat Obsession collided with the 35-foot sportfishing boat Line Item.

The Line Item, carrying six people, quickly began to take on water and started sinking, Kristiansen said.

A Coast Guard crew from Indian River Inlet arrived and rescued the six fishermen, who had left the Indian River Marina on Friday morning and were on their way out to the canyons to fish for tuna, Kristiansen said.

The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ibis, from Cape May, N.J., then arrived and crew members deployed a small boat and rescued two sailors and a cat from the Obsession. All were wearing life jackets.

Kristiansen did not provide any information on where the two sailors aboard the sailboat were from or were headed.

He urged mariners to use safe boating practices, such as wearing life vests , outfitting the vessel with a VHF-FM radio and filing a float plan.

“These mariners utilized vital life-saving equipment on hand, which aided in the safe, effective and timely rescue efforts of all involved,” Kristiansen said.

The rescued boaters were taken to the Indian River Coast Guard Station.

The sailing vessel Obsession was salvaged by Tow Boat U.S.









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Somebody didnt have or wasn't looking for running lights - I would expect there will be plenty to blame on both sides here.. Sure life jackets and boating plans are swell, but running lights and a forward watch are somewhat important too.....

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:50 AM
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that life jackets and boating plans nonsense was the CG's way of making the article sound good.

Leaving out of our local inlet, some sporty's run down the beach depending on the seas, and then do a straight shot out to the canyons/grounds. If this happened off bethany beach, I am sure that was what he was doing. Probably makes the same trip 3x a week, (looks to be a charter boat from what I can gather from local fishing reports from Indian River Inlet), and at 4 a.m. who knows if he was paying attention, other boat didnt have running lights or what happened.
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Originally Posted by slickcav View Post
that life jackets and boating plans nonsense was the CG's way of making the article sound good.

Leaving out of our local inlet, some sporty's run down the beach depending on the seas, and then do a straight shot out to the canyons/grounds. If this happened off bethany beach, I am sure that was what he was doing. Probably makes the same trip 3x a week, (looks to be a charter boat from what I can gather from local fishing reports from Indian River Inlet), and at 4 a.m. who knows if he was paying attention, other boat didnt have running lights or what happened.
Yep this is a sport that is very easy to get too casual about. I have been on many boats where they made sharp left or right turns without even looking aft.
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Originally Posted by captainjay View Post
Looks like the sailboat was hit on the port side and the damage was above the water line, which is why it didn't sink.



It also appears that he main sail was up and the jib furled. Means they were likely motor sailing. Port side collision, sail or other wise the sailboat would have been the stand on vessel. Both will likely be blamed for not standing proper watch. Sailboats don't have allot of light on them, which is no excuse for hitting one. From the looks of the lady and her cat and the quality of the sailboat I am guessing they were experienced. She is wearing a hat from the Caribbean 1500, has on an auto inflate life jacket and the cat has a jacket as well.



It looks like the collision was at or near the chain plates. That would explain the demasting.



I borrowed these pictures off of the net. It does appear that the sailboat had radar. Can't tell about the power boat. Thankfully no one was injured, this could have been a lot worse.
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those damn blowboats are always in the way.
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It is common for fishing boats to leave IRI at 3 am or so for the canyons. You normally worry about floating debris, not 41 feet of fiberglass getting in the way.

It will be interesting to see what additional facts come out, like why the sportfisherman didn't have an adequate lookout or radar on with a proximity warning, and whether the sailboat had a radar reflector and radar. The sailboat looks kind of sad sitting there all damaged. Good thing no one lost their life.
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