The story on the accident is summarized as follows:
Tony Amenta, of Guilford, CT, was windsurfing with Chris Decerbo off
West Dennis beach. They were not in a boat channel or any restricted
area. Tony was in the water, waiting to waterstart, when he realized
that the motorboat, a 26' Bertram, was heading right at him. He dove to
get away but it was an inboard/outboard and the props caught him on the
back of his legs. The brand new AHD was history, but may have served as
something of a buffer. The boat kept on going. Chris hailed a second
boat, and they rescued Tony and called in for an ambulance to meet them
at the beach. The second boat knew who the owner/operator of the first
boat was, and apparently that person has been "contacted and
interrogated". Seems he was trying to set up his GPS and wasn't really
paying any attention.
Tony was wearing a wetsuit and is an athletic guy, and that is a very
good thing as he has cuts as deep as 4" on one thigh. The other leg has
less damage, but he has between 150 and 200 stitches, has to lie on his
stomach, but can use the less injured leg and crutches to get around. He
was released from the hospital after a couple of days, and obviously
won't be doing much sitting in the near future.
Tony has been windsurfing for years, and has worked in the windsurfing
industry for a long time, serving as a rep and as a salesperson for the
former Sailways in Fairfield, CT. My husband and I have known him for a
long time, and most of this information is from a conversation they had
on Tuesday. My husband is at home on the couch with his leg in a cast
from an accident suffered while sailing in Hurricane Bonnie. These guys
will be running up the phone bill while they recover.
> Does anyone have more information on what happened to the poor guy on the AHD
> that got run over by a motorboat last Sunday at West Dennis beach? There's
> been nothing in the papers about it and all I heard were rumours on the beach
> as to what happened.
> Is the guy OK? Did the motorboat stop or was it a hit-and-run?