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Old 07-29-2013, 10:36 PM
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Local news interviewed a neighbor that was with them and he said that while towing the tube and zig-zagging, the steering wheel came off of the boat. The boat then did a hairpin turn and ran back over the boys killing one.
BTW it was apparently a rental pontoon boat.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:57 PM
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Another sad situation - but the story doesn't say the steering wheel came off, it says "the steering wheel ripped out of his hands, the wheel spun". Something in the water perhaps that forced the steering to the side? I can't image what.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:32 AM
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Probably more to this story yet to be told. Truly tragic- hopefully something that can be learned from this?
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:04 AM
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Another sad situation - but the story doesn't say the steering wheel came off, it says "the steering wheel ripped out of his hands, the wheel spun". Something in the water perhaps that forced the steering to the side? I can't image what.

That part reads like bullocks. Its an outboard right - anything that will impact the engine hard enough to "rip" the steering from your hands THROUGH A HYDRAULIC steering... With out rendering the propeller/lower unit immobile?

That's a negatory in my book.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:41 AM
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http://wreg.com/2013/07/29/millingto...ting-accident/

Local news interviewed a neighbor that was with them and he said that while towing the tube and zig-zagging, the steering wheel came off of the boat. The boat then did a hairpin turn and ran back over the boys killing one.
BTW it was apparently a rental pontoon boat.
I miss understood it the first time I heard the interview. Had other things going on in the room. I saw the story again at 10 last night and heard the "ripped out of his hands" comment. Either way its a terrible thing.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:10 AM
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That part reads like bullocks. Its an outboard right - anything that will impact the engine hard enough to "rip" the steering from your hands THROUGH A HYDRAULIC steering... With out rendering the propeller/lower unit immobile?

That's a negatory in my book.
I doubt it had hydraulic steering. Cables can act funny sometimes. Regardless, a simple pull back on the throttle or yank of the kill switch could have easily prevented this. Sad.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:56 AM
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So Sad, outlaw tubes and require safety course for everyone
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:13 AM
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That part reads like bullocks. Its an outboard right - anything that will impact the engine hard enough to "rip" the steering from your hands THROUGH A HYDRAULIC steering... With out rendering the propeller/lower unit immobile?

That's a negatory in my book.
I agree. Also, this is a rental pontoon boat that can turn on a dime (did a hairpin turn) and go so fast that the driver had no time to cut the engine or throttle down? Does not compute.
Very sad story and very preventable.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:23 AM
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No way you do a 180 and go back over a tuber just because steering jams. All you have to do is pull back on throttle.

Either someone totally panicked and didn't have any sense to be driving a boat, or there was booze/drugs involved (more likely).
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:03 AM
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I immediately thought of my kids on the end of the rope just last week. So sad to hear about this.

I too was thinking he/she could have just pulled back on the throttle, but if it was rental, and they were not that familiar with it, it could only take a few seconds of panic and doing nothing to make things go bad.

However, the story is a hard one to buy. Even at a hard turn, wouldn't the tube just follow the boat? I would think the line to the tube would have to come off to put the tube stopped in the water to allow a turn back to hit it. ??
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