Great Boating Weather ---- but Be Careful !!

Submitted: Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 15:46
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Something went wrong here on New Years Eve. A lot of speculation but the Police are still investigating so no point in commenting here.

Up on the rocks, 2 metres above the water. Seven people on board. All in hospital, 2 seriously injured.

Happened close to midnight on NYE in Mandurah in WA. Just around the corner from my place. I took these pictures this morning.

Point is it could happen anywhere. Despite speculation as to the cause it could have been something as easy as accidentally knocking the throttle forward. It's so easy.

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Maybe, when ExplorOz expands to include a dedicated boating section these pics could be used to show what NOT to do.

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Reply By: new boy - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 15:57

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 15:57
Gone Bush

To get that far out of the water it must have been SPEED.
From my memory of the estuary speed limit is max 8 knots and close to the entrance 5 knots.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:11

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:11
Yep, newboy, you're right with those speeds.

Witness accounts say the boat accelerated sharply prior to impact but the reason it accelerated is still being investigated.

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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 16:56

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 16:56
........ in the channel the first section is 12 knots where the center markers are and from the bridge to the exit to comet bay its 8knots only in the side channels its 5knots and or no wash/wake rule ..
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:04

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:04
I am impressed that the hull from this side looks OK.
Strong boat.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:08

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:08
What about the huge "bite" mark where the bow goes under the hull??

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:09

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:09
Rangiephil,

if you enlarge the middle picture there is a bush obscuring the front of the hull.

Behind that bush it's a mess.

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Reply By: Maîneÿ (wa) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:10

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:10
with-out mentioning how the boat come to be up on the rocks "despite speculation as to the cause it could have been something as easy as accidentally knocking the throttle forward" but somehow I think that's not the reason...

Maybe more likely they saw a huge 'great white' and got scared, they must have been going reasonably 'fast' to get it up on those rocks, full of people too, looks like a speed sign in the back ground, probably saying 8 Knots is the speed limit, maybe some other 'speed' ??

It looks like a good add for 'glass' hulls, don't think an alloy one would look as good up there :)

Mainey . . .

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Follow Up By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:15

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:15
Sign says 5kts
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:12

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:12
IF I was listening correctly to the news, those on board were SES volunteers - but I may be wrong - maybe they just assisted after the event
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:17

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:17
Yes Trekkie, they were all in their orange uniforms, ID tags, the lot. That's why I'm not entering into speculation about the cause.

We all appreciate the SES when the storms come through so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Hopefully the cause will not be what most people would think. Anyway, I really hope so.

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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:46

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 16:46
The boat's name is approrpriate for the condition of the hull.

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 18:21

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 18:21
Maybe a White Pointer chased it up there.


Cheers......Lionel.
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Follow Up By: Flywest - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 00:00

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 00:00
Shhh - don't mention the white pointer.....apparently thats off topic - but boating accidents aren't, go figure! (Insert Rollseyes Emoticon here).

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 14:27

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 14:27
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 18:01

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 18:01
classic Hairy, I cant see any snakes though?
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 10:57

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 10:57
Update:

thankfully the Police have eliminated alcohol from the equation.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 18:01

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thats good news GB
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