View Full Version : Accident on my lake...

07-26-2004, 10:05 AM
Saturday afternoon,an old i/o pulling a tube was speeding in a no wake zone near my house .He went by so fast the first time that i didn't had time to yell at him.He came out of that small bay(300 feet wide) and did a 180 turn right in front of my house.I shouted at him but he didn't care.the tube was still gaining speed from the 180 turn and getting dangerously close to the shore.The boat kept going and the tube missed my second neighbor's dock by 3 feet.the tube was going about 30 mph at the time headind straight for the third neighbor pontoon hitting hit right in the middle of it...
Terrible noise...I ran over there and jumped in the water.As i was running there i could see the men moving but when i got there,his head was under water.I really didn't know what to expect ,the guy was a 70 years old man!!!
The man was conscious but terribly in shock from the hit.No bleeding or obvious fracture ,but a big brooze on the ribs side that he hit.
I help him stabilize and was talking to him,but couldn't take him out of water at that place,the shore beiing big rocks.The boat driver finally turn around and jumped in the water and help me get the man out of water.
The man had no open wounds or broken bones except maybe for the ribs and was driven to hospital by his family.
The driver was about my age(very young!) and was sober,But was obviously a beginner with boat.Last week,he was pulling the tube in my course...I never saw somebody so stupid with a boat in his hands.
No news yet from the man,the boat driver didn't want to leave his phone # at first saying it wasn't the time for it and that he would come back.Going to check this morning with the pontoon owner,and will call the cops if he didn,t as he damaged the pontoon.
This is were he hit the pontoon.The owner has it for 6 days and builted a new floating dock for it.The deck is sitting at about 24 inches above the water and 24 hrs before the accident,the pontoon was docked to the other side...If he had not move it,the tube would have gone under the dock and the man's head would have hit a 4 " aluminium angle...

east tx skier
07-26-2004, 10:20 AM
Some people never cease to amaze me. That being said, I'm glad no one was seriously injured.

A young girl was killed on an innertube on a lake where I ski when she was, apparently, unable to control it, and hit a channel marker. Needless to say, it was a horrible thing to have happen.

Dan K
07-26-2004, 10:29 AM
Some people are real idiots, I am always on alert whenever I have someone in tow. I think it is a tremendous responsibilty to literally have someones life on the line.
I have seen a few close calls with tubers and docks in the past and thought of such an accident gives me chills. I am glad everyone is alright. I hope the driver does some souls searching before he gets back in the boat.
Kepp us posted on this man's condition if you hear.

07-26-2004, 10:58 AM
It is scarry to think that there are boaters like that out there.
I'm kind of an old man when I pull tubers. Last week the older kids kept telling me to dump em'. I did a few times but still don't like it. They have no control on those things, it is all up to us and a fun thing can turn ugly very quickly.

east tx skier
07-26-2004, 11:10 AM
When I was a kid, I skied more than I tubed. But when we did tube, all we wanted was to be slung out and dumped. That's why I don't want a tube behind my boat. The person riding it won't want to go straight. If I bend to their wishes, not only could I put them in a precarious position, but if that's not reason enough, I'm messing up the water for other watersports enthusiasts.

So, yes, there is a safe way to pull an innertube on the water, but it's usually not the way the rider wants to be pulled.

Nothing against the innertubers on the board to be sure. Just how I operate.

07-26-2004, 11:14 AM

Hard to believe something like that. Makes you wonder what goes through peoples minds when the get behind the wheel.. I hope you offered some words of discouragement along with a strong suggestion of a boater safety class..

07-26-2004, 12:49 PM
It's kind of like being a parent, you don't need a license, you don't even need common sense. People never cease to amaze me. Why would you swing someone that close to shore, dock, boat, etc. Moron.

07-26-2004, 12:54 PM
Just got this part, "driver was about my age(very young!)" :rolleyes:

07-26-2004, 01:09 PM
That would take one helluva hit to dent the pontoon. You are fortunate you were not pulling a lifeless body out of the water. If and when I do have kids I am not going to buy a tube until they have learned to ski and/or wakeboard. In my experience, once kids get on the innertubes they will not try anything else.

07-26-2004, 01:59 PM
My friends and I were tubing about 5 years ago and had a pretty close call. I was riding the tube wanting to get some air, so I kept telling the driver to push it up a notch. We hit a batch of choppy water and I got about 3-4 feet of air moving a very fast pace. The rope generated quite a bit of slack. I came down for my landing and hit a double wave at the same instant the rope pulled tight. They said there was about 8-10 feet of air :eek3: under the tube on that jump. I was in the air for what seemed an eternity and landed head first. The tube popped out of the cover with the impact, also giving me a concussion. While I was underwater the rope had a huge amount of slack. While is what passing me it slashed my neck and left about a 4” scar that is still visible. No one in my group of friends has pulled a tuber since then and I absolutely refuse to. The guy that owned the tube never put it back in the cover. In my opinion, this is one of the most dangerous water sports if you push it to the edge and beyond like we did.

07-26-2004, 11:28 PM
Hoff, WoW!


I think Andre met young his age, you know life they're just now getting the senior discount at Denny's as opposed to having it for like 10 years! :D

07-27-2004, 09:34 AM
Makes you wonder what was going through the old man's head - at several different points in this fiasco.

07-27-2004, 12:06 PM
Or lack their of going through a mind... :confused:

07-27-2004, 12:37 PM
From the picture it looks to me like about a 24' pontoon.

07-27-2004, 01:24 PM
Ok, it took me about 49 seconds to get that and then I busted out...

east tx skier
07-28-2004, 10:59 AM
Not to make light of it, but reminds me of a joke somebody told me when I was a kid.

What's the last thing that goes through a bug's mind when it hits your windshield.

... It's a$$.

08-01-2004, 11:46 AM
Just heard from the 64(not 70) years old man condition.
Many brooses ,3 fractured ribs and a cauncussion(not sure of the spelling).
The boat driver was out on the lake yesterday.He was idling around ...Maybe nearly killing someone was a good lesson...

08-02-2004, 12:55 AM

It amazes me that States have not instituted a boat driving licence program...tons of revenue to be made, and boaters would at least have an IDEA of what the he** they are doing...I guess a little common sense is too much to be expected from the higher ups... :confused:

08-02-2004, 08:06 AM
Arkansas has started something every state should try. If you are born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, you must complete a boater's safety course, to operate a boat or Jet Ski. At least it is a start at making their waters safer. I think dealers should have to carry a buyer to the lake and make sure he knows his left from his right.

lakes Rick
08-02-2004, 11:47 AM
Oregon has a Boaters safety course... I took the test online...

08-02-2004, 12:25 PM
And it is not just tubers.

I heard of a barefooter trying to make a turn and ended up on shore, dead.

I KNOW a ski club here on the delta who lost a skier when they whipped him in to the dock at the end of a run and he hit a piling.

Last year my ski club had a skier whip in to shore at the end of a run and hit his head on the rocks (newly installed jagged rocks used for anti-errosion). Looked like it was going to need a lot of stitches to me, but no other damage "It's just a flesh wound".

lakes Rick
08-02-2004, 02:02 PM
A local lake here had an accident sunday.. Man towing wife ( ex wife now) on tube turned around to pick her up and ran over her.. So far all thats been found is a vest with prop cuts on it....

Wish I would have thought of that.. Sure would have been cheaper...

08-02-2004, 02:02 PM
My state (MD) has mandatory boater's education courses for anyone born after 1971 (That will put them at 32 or younger today). It didn't make any difference in my state.

I'm not saying that it's not a good idea, but the MD course doesn't teach common sence and common courtesey.

I doubt that the oregon course did either if it was an online course....

just my .02 worth.

lakes Rick
08-02-2004, 02:04 PM
Jimmer I agree with you 100%.. BUT guess what.. MORE MONEY for fees in Oregon... Its all about money.....

08-05-2004, 10:04 PM
Just like any water sport tho, if you are not careful, it can be dangerous.

I think the comment above about once being in a tube, kids will never try anything else. I so badly want my 2yr old to love the water that we've been pushing the tube pretty hard. But it seems now that my no-fear 9 month old daughter will be wakeboarding w/ me by the end of the season!

I'm seriously frustrated by the amount of stupidity I see on our local lakes in Dallas. I don't understand how people can be so careless with a boat. I guess the fact that there isn't a road for them to follow gives them a false sense of safety. I feel for the people that truly pay attention and still have mishaps. On the other hand, I laugh at those that act like idiots and get hurt or damage their boats. Some people obviously have more $$ than brains.

08-05-2004, 10:13 PM
TalleyHo, where have you been, what about Greeson. Farmer Ted is going on 8-20-04 for the weekend. I thought we had lost you.

08-05-2004, 10:38 PM
Wow, this is really an accident tread! On the training, in addition to the cut and dry course you really need common sense and courtesy, (maybe the most important) like how to use the ramp, staying away from the back side of boats trolling, lake turds don't jump the wake behind my boat when I'm skiing, etc. I'm sure in one day of posting we could have 100 common sense and courtesy rules. Then they need the DNR officiers to give a bunch of tickets to people that don't follow the rules. Couple of weeks ago I looked up and saw 8 boats and 6 jetskis in area the size of football field all going full speed.....I just went in for the day.

betsy&david Harrison
08-11-2004, 01:06 PM
Just a good reminder of why we baught on a private ski lake...don't have to deal with that situation any more. Very safe place for my kids to learn to ski.

08-12-2004, 11:46 AM
Almost every year one person dies on our lake. Usually because of stupidity.

This year it was a suicide - 2nd person's attempt was unsuccessful
last year non swimming fisherman dropped his pole in the water and jumped in to retrieve it
and in no particular order
boat hit the bridge
kids canoing in november with heavy winds wearing parkas and no life preservers
fisherman dies overnight due to exposure and possible cardiac victim
jetskier falls off and breaks his neck
etc etc

As bad as it sounds we actually breathed a sigh of relief to have this years death early. There must be a curse on the lake, because it's never more then one. Interesting thing, the same day they found the suicide, my daughter called me out to the dock to look at something floating in the water. It seriously looked like a body. It wasn't, just some debris.