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JDH88
09-08-2008, 11:48 PM
Did anyone hear about a boating accident at Cumberland last weekend? I heard a boat in the poker run crashed and the driver/passenager were killed.

JDH88

Sodar
09-09-2008, 12:46 AM
Yes, it was a a boat called the Pammy Skater. The owner passed away and his throttleman was OK. Very Sad...

Quote from the Rescue Boat Skipper
My son was on a spectator boat about a hundred yards from the accident. The fellow was attempting to pass the boat in the lead. The Skater came down "wrong" on the starboard rear and began to chine walk. The starboard bow dug in to the water, which broke the hole throught the hull you see. That water forced through the starboard sponson like a cannon and blew out the transom. The weight and drag caused the boat to flip over, throw the occupants out and take on water. It partially sank, leaving only 12 feet of the bow above the water.

We put a line on the bow, in case the boat tried to go to the bottom. We then towed it very gingerly over to the bank, trying to keep what little air that was in the hull, in there. We raised it using 5 airbags, once it was at the shore. The boat had to be towed on the airbags because the hull is so badly damaged there is no way it will float. There is major structural damage, as you may have guessed.

I have heard the passenger has an issue with his knee, where it contacted the boat during the accident and other bruises from hitting the water. He is very lucky.

Some of the very first people on scene were spectators. One was a trained paramedic. They worked extremely hard on the driver and didn't stop all the way to Jamestown.

Thank you to all of you that kept your boat wakes down while the divers were in the water working on the boat recovery. We tried to get it done as quickly as possible. Thank you also for your patience at the Jamestown ramp. I had the let the water drain out of the boat before going up the hill.

It is a shame, but it was truly just an accident. It was not due to anyone in the way, or any other avoidable situation. Sometimes it just happens. Fast boats and water are sometimes unpredictable. It is part of it. The other thing is, the driver passed away doing something he loved. While his passing is tragic and he will obviously be missed, you still have to keep that fact in mind. There are a lot of worse ways to go in my opinion. RIP.

A few pics of the wreckage.
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erkoehler
09-09-2008, 01:26 AM
Boat before accident:

Monte
09-09-2008, 10:11 AM
Strange how in the article they describe saving the boat first, then oh by the way, this passenger hurt his knee.. OH and you might want to know... the driver DIED.

Is the boat more important than the life that was lost in it???

Just wondering

(not a bash on you Sodar, just the article)

jmac197
09-09-2008, 10:21 AM
I guess you have to look at his perspective, he was the Rescue boat skipper.

He's seen this before I'm sure.


Strange how in the article they describe saving the boat first, then oh by the way, this passenger hurt his knee.. OH and you might want to know... the driver DIED.

Is the boat more important than the life that was lost in it???

Just wondering

(not a bash on you Sodar, just the article)

Sodar
09-09-2008, 10:52 AM
It was a response on an offshore forum, where everyone typically speculates why it happened and what caused the accident. Most members knew what the outcome of the crash was. The towboat captain wrote the article with this knowledge. The deceased, Kevin Sellers, was a prominent figure in the poker run circuit and will surely be missed. He leaves behind no children or spouse.

erkoehler
09-09-2008, 10:55 AM
Strange how in the article they describe saving the boat first, then oh by the way, this passenger hurt his knee.. OH and you might want to know... the driver DIED.

Is the boat more important than the life that was lost in it???

Just wondering

(not a bash on you Sodar, just the article)

There had already been numerous threads on all of the Offshore and PowerBoat forums covering the status of the individuals in the boat.

There were many members on Off Shore Only that personally knew Kevin and had been on poker runs with him in the past. Everyone knew the outcome of the crash, the details of the accident are what people were interested in after the fact.

Monte
09-09-2008, 11:18 AM
There had already been numerous threads on all of the Offshore and PowerBoat forums covering the status of the individuals in the boat.

There were many members on Off Shore Only that personally knew Kevin and had been on poker runs with him in the past. Everyone knew the outcome of the crash, the details of the accident are what people were interested in after the fact.

I took it out of context, sad to hear a life was lost.

ShamrockIV
09-09-2008, 11:34 AM
i would have never guess that was cumberland. the rocks and stuff look more like sodar country!!

TX.X-30 fan
09-09-2008, 11:41 AM
Do they wear harnesses or is it best to be thrown in the event of an accident.

Sodar
09-09-2008, 11:57 AM
Do they wear harnesses or is it best to be thrown in the event of an accident.

Unless you are in a capsuled boat, they don't normally use harnesses, but some do. I think if I ever built one, I would want a full 5-point set up for running in the 100+ region.

TX.X-30 fan
09-09-2008, 12:04 PM
I don't know much about them but sounds like the way to go, hitting the water at 90mph is hard. The boat in the pick looked like the cockpit survived so he may have done better strapped in??

ShamrockIV
09-09-2008, 01:05 PM
i am with sodar. 5 point restraint and a helmet too!!!

flyingskibiker
09-10-2008, 11:29 PM
100+ in a boat is SO fast! I did it in a HTM. It was OK to do once (a few times on one day). But I wouldn't do it in that boat ever again. And he said that wasn't his fastest prop! He spun the middle out of that one! I was just sitting in the middle of the bench seat in the back holding on (with death grips) to the backs of the front seats. Hat, t-shirt, shorts, and bare feet. Luckily, my hat was rated at those speeds and I was wearing goggles (sun glasses). It was over 115 in Havasu that day. Blow dryer ride... I WOULD do it again if there was more safety devices involved.

Tom023
09-11-2008, 10:49 AM
100+ in a boat is SO fast! I did it in a HTM. It was OK to do once. But I wouldn't do it in that boat ever again.

I have to agree with you here. Hit 107 mph in a 45 Sonic with triple supercharged HP500s. It was a lot of fun at the time, literally tore my shirt in half. I think I like putting around at 25 mph better.

Sodar
09-11-2008, 11:04 AM
100+ in a boat is SO fast! I did it in a HTM. It was OK to do once (a few times on one day). But I wouldn't do it in that boat ever again.

I would not do anything above planing speed in an High Turnover Marine. Those boats have a tendency to spend more time flipping over than they do running! Good decision on never doing that again!

ShamrockIV
09-11-2008, 11:07 AM
I think I like putting around at 25 mph better.


i have to agree with u!!!

i have been 85 in a bass boat and it was scary. especially when the driver is the only one with a console and windshield!!!

also 63 on a seadoo is smoking too!!!!