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Man jumps from sinking boat, caught in propeller
nwfdailynews.com ^ | June 5, 2010 | Jeff Barker

Posted on 06/06/2010 11:28:13 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

A man sustained “severe” chest damage and an “amputated digit” after he jumped from his boat and got tangled up in the propeller Saturday, according to Okaloosa Island Fire Capt. Mike Howard.

The man’s boat started sinking and he jumped, suffering severe injuries to his chest, left arm and left side, Howard said. A Coast Guard boat picked him up at an unknown point in the water and brought him to the Coast Guard station on Okaloosa Island.

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1 posted on 06/06/2010 11:28:14 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why would anyone jump on a prop??


2 posted on 06/06/2010 11:32:03 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Darksheare; darkangel82; Borax Queen
Only in Ohio......

Jump! Jump! Oh crap.......

3 posted on 06/06/2010 11:33:05 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Cheetahcat

When I was a senior in high school...my cousin did something like this. He was drinking and fell off the boat...then got tangled up with the propeller. Another guy from a second boat ended up saving him. He had a huge gash across his head and it a good seven inch type cut.


4 posted on 06/06/2010 11:37:18 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Note to self: Check that engine is off before abandoning ship.


5 posted on 06/06/2010 11:39:27 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Cheetahcat
Why would anyone jump on a prop??

If the prop was turning the boat was moving even if it was sinking. Ever try to out swim even a slow moving sail boat? You'll be surprised how fast they move when you're in the water. My guess is the boat ran over him.

If he had any training in water craft safety he would have shut down the engine before abandoning ship, in fact, almost ALWAYS the best course of action is to stay with the vessel. Small vessels are designed not to sink.

6 posted on 06/06/2010 11:39:47 AM PDT by politicianslie (Lying got Obama elected, they don't care what you think, shut up and pay your taxes)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe he should have started the bilge pump first. Or maybe shut off the motor. Or maybe check the boatplug before he launched. I’m having a hard time working up some sympathy on this one.


7 posted on 06/06/2010 11:42:30 AM PDT by printhead
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sometimes it’s just not your day.


8 posted on 06/06/2010 11:43:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cheetahcat
Damn. Chummy sort of fellow.

Avast there mate!

"There are divers over the side, do not rotate screws, cycle rudders, take suction from or discharge to the sea or operate any underwater equipment without first contacting the Chief Engineer and the diving supervisor."

9 posted on 06/06/2010 11:45:09 AM PDT by csvset
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To: politicianslie
“Why would anyone jump on a prop??

If the prop was turning the boat was moving even if it was sinking. Ever try to out swim even a slow moving sail boat? You'll be surprised how fast they move when you're in the water. My guess is the boat ran over him.

If he had any training in water craft safety he would have shut down the engine before abandoning ship, in fact, almost ALWAYS the best course of action is to stay with the vessel. Small vessels are designed not to sink.”

100% correct you always try to keep the boat afloat even stuffing your clothing in the leaks that beats being in the water every time and why the engines were not shut down is Curious ,I have been on sinking boats and the worlds best bilge pump is a scared man with a bucket.

10 posted on 06/06/2010 11:46:20 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: pepsionice

“When I was a senior in high school...my cousin did something like this. He was drinking and fell off the boat...then got tangled up with the propeller. Another guy from a second boat ended up saving him. He had a huge gash across his head and it a good seven inch type cut.”

We learned a healthy respect for the props early from some people who had horrific injuries limbs missing and so forth.


11 posted on 06/06/2010 11:51:39 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well at least he didn’t puncture a lung (I hope). Now his problem is going to be infection, beside pain.


12 posted on 06/06/2010 11:53:46 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: politicianslie

“Why would anyone jump on a prop??”

An equally good question, and one unanswered, is “why was the boat sinking”?


13 posted on 06/06/2010 11:54:06 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: csvset

“Damn. Chummy sort of fellow.

Avast there mate!

“There are divers over the side, do not rotate screws, cycle rudders, take suction from or discharge to the sea or operate any underwater equipment without first contacting the Chief Engineer and the diving supervisor.”

Exactly even skiing we circle wide so the fallen person can grab the line now going in re boarding Engine off.


14 posted on 06/06/2010 11:55:29 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: politicianslie
If he had any training in water craft safety he would have shut down the engine before abandoning ship, in fact, almost ALWAYS the best course of action is to stay with the vessel. Small vessels are designed not to sink.

You are so right, politicianslie - this stuff should be on a license test for boaters. I knew a women who lost an arm this way... dreadful.

15 posted on 06/06/2010 11:58:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: dfwgator
Some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.

16 posted on 06/06/2010 12:08:45 PM PDT by SouthDixie (The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.)
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To: SouthDixie

Or some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug.


17 posted on 06/06/2010 12:11:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cheetahcat
"If he had any training in water craft safety he would have shut down the engine before abandoning ship, in fact, almost ALWAYS the best course of action is to stay with the vessel. Small vessels are designed not to sink.”

Even true for vessels that don't have built in flotation.

There's been many cases where a ship was abandoned at sea during a storm, only to be found still afloat after the storm had passed, surviving the storm on its own.

As for the fellow who jumped, unless there's something the story omitted (e.g. boat might have been capsizing while under weigh, as when turning too sharply for the speed, and he tried to jump clear), he probably just panicked.

18 posted on 06/06/2010 12:12:01 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Lakeshark

Okaloosa is Ft. Walton Beach Florida area.


19 posted on 06/06/2010 12:13:53 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - JD Hayworth - US Senate)
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To: Age of Reason

” Even true for vessels that don’t have built in flotation.

There’s been many cases where a ship was abandoned at sea during a storm, only to be found still afloat after the storm had passed, surviving the storm on its own.

As for the fellow who jumped, unless there’s something the story omitted (e.g. boat might have been capsizing while under weigh, as when turning too sharply for the speed, and he tried to jump clear), he probably just panicked.”

That could be the reason he jumped and the boat was moving under him.


20 posted on 06/06/2010 12:13:57 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Lakeshark
ohio?
21 posted on 06/06/2010 12:21:34 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: Lakeshark; Darksheare; darkangel82

Oh dear...... sure it wasn’t in Mic..... :0)


22 posted on 06/06/2010 12:30:36 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Boat may have been in reverse.


23 posted on 06/06/2010 12:31:51 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Diggity

bttt


24 posted on 06/06/2010 12:32:55 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: martinidon; Borax Queen
Florida....just busting on some Ohioans.......

:-)

Coulda been Arizona too........

25 posted on 06/06/2010 12:51:42 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Cheetahcat

A tight turn at too high a speed can be pilot error.

But it could also be from steering malfunction.

Years ago, large outboard motors that were controlled with a steering wheel instead of a tiller, worked by a system of cables on pulleys between the wheel and the motor.

When a cable snapped, the engine was free and there was nothing to prevent the propeller from walking the outboard sideways, immediately putting the boat into a vicious turn if at high speed.

If the boat were going over that fast, you’re probably better off jumping than having the boat land on top of you and knocking you out.

Trapped underneath the boat and unconscious, would seriously reduce your chance of survival.

There might still be some old boats with steering like I’ve described.

I assume modern steering systems have safeguards against this happening—but I guess can always happen (as when the bolt securing the steering gear to the motor fails).


26 posted on 06/06/2010 1:10:53 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason

“A tight turn at too high a speed can be pilot error.

But it could also be from steering malfunction.

Years ago, large outboard motors that were controlled with a steering wheel instead of a tiller, worked by a system of cables on pulleys between the wheel and the motor.

When a cable snapped, the engine was free and there was nothing to prevent the propeller from walking the outboard sideways, immediately putting the boat into a vicious turn if at high speed.

If the boat were going over that fast, you’re probably better off jumping than having the boat land on top of you and knocking you out.

Trapped underneath the boat and unconscious, would seriously reduce your chance of survival.

There might still be some old boats with steering like I’ve described.

I assume modern steering systems have safeguards against this happening—but I guess can always happen (as when the bolt securing the steering gear to the motor fails).”

Good point and a “surprise” like that will over come about anyone.


27 posted on 06/06/2010 2:25:56 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Lakeshark

Ah, lol.

Yeah, in one of our man-made lakes where the drinkers and partiers and McC voters hang out.... :0)


28 posted on 06/06/2010 2:38:41 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Could have been worse...


29 posted on 06/06/2010 3:00:31 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Borax Queen; Lakeshark; darkangel82

Michigan?
Means he was trying to flee the sounds of the Jaws movie theme.


30 posted on 06/06/2010 3:57:03 PM PDT by Darksheare (Proudly buzzkilling the illusion of confidence in the progress of humanity for 35 years.)
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