Any info on accident at West Dennis, MA (9/6)?

Any info on accident at West Dennis, MA (9/6)?

Post by Weed F » Wed, 09 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
Tony wrote....

<<<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?>>>

Tony.....

I think it was on page 2 of the Cape Cod Times. He is from Connecticut and was
sailing at Smugglers Beach. When the boat  came at him, he dove under the boat.
The boat ran over his ***(140 stitches). As far as I know the boat kept on
going. Another boat picked him up and radioed for help. The EMT's were waiting
for him at the beach, and transported him to the Cape Cod Hospital.

I think he is still in the hospital. My friend was hit by a car biking, and was
in the ER when they rushed him in. Busy weekend on the Cape I guess. Kalmus hit
a high of SW 46 on
sunday.

 
 
 

Any info on accident at West Dennis, MA (9/6)?

Post by Ellen Falle » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Hi-
  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.

Ellen    

Quote:

> 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?


 
 
 

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Post by Michael Poloukhin » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Tony wrote....

> <<<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?>>>

> Tony.....

This is a message I received from Kathy Garre- Ayars.:

This weekend when we were all doing some sailing, ( I hope) afriend of
ours, Tony Amenta, from the former Sailways, and his buddy Chris
Decerbo, were windsurfing off the coast of Cape Cod when Tony was
suddenly in one of those situations that windsurfers dread the most..a
21 foot powerboat came out of nowhere going great guns at him after he
had just come out of a jibe and was in the water about to water start
...his first response was to dive underwater but the propeller of the
motor slashed both of his thighs so badly that he now is in a Cape Cod
hospital with two hundred stiches in his legs and thanking god that he
is alive and that he has both legs left. The captain of the boat, a man
who was out there with his wife and one year old daughter, saw what he
had done but didn't pick Tony up (because he was afraid of the baby
seeing the mess he had created?) Instead he called for help and Tony was
rescued and immediately sent to the hospital...Doctors said that Tony
was very lucky that he had had a wet suit on becasue it did offer a bit
of protection, but his muscular thighs were the only thing that saved
him from amputation. The incident was in the Cape Cod papers. Tony is
laid up in the hospital and cannot work for weeks..he cannot do anything
but lie on his stomach and will have a heck of a time sitting in a chair
once back to work.

Having started windsurfing 2 years ago, in mid-life, thanks to the
patient instruction from my husband Tom Ayars, I fell in love with the
sport and practised weekend after after weekend at Weed Beach where Tom
was teaching for the summer. It was there that I became introduced to
the nuisance of the powerboats and jetskiis. I thought that maybe
because I was a beginner that I had a fear and trepidation about power
boats and jetskiers when they zoomed toward me at Weed Beach. The noise
was bad enough..it drowns out the wonderful sound of of my board lapping
or hopefully soaring along the water....but worse than the noise, I
realized very quickly that they often soared by intentionally to knock
me off my board..sometimes yelling at me seeing if they could distract
me..it has always bugged me that they often seem out of control, and
most times seem stuck in some delayed adolescent play and yet were able
to drive one of those bombs around the coast line, harrasing windsurfers
and dumping fuel into an already dirty long island sound. Sometimes
powerboats would sit out there for an hour or so and it was obvious that
they were partying..and then to our horror they would start up the boat
and zoom around.most times with a waterskier attached...the skier would
almost hit me and the wakes ...well you know what wakes are like for a
beginner... I would think, why should we have to share our waterways
with them? One Sunday at Weed beach a power boat came dangerously close
to the swimming area boundary and if a swimmer had been over the rope
for even a second at that moment he would have lost a head, or limb..we
watched in disgust from the beach. I imagine they get a great yuk -yuk
out of that type of dangerous" play..." But Tony isn't yukking it up in
that hospital today..and having him temporarily disabled by such an
unnecessary accident really bothers me and causes the sixties activist
piece of me to come to the surface. What is it going to take for the
coast guard to take measures against reckless, or careless powerboaters
and jetskiers? The sixties person in me says that windsurfers must band
together to put pressure on the coast guard to put restrictions on
people who are able to drive the jetskiis and power boats and train them
in waterway etiquette and safety. Early this past summer they spit out
some P.R. about how they were going to clamp down on the situation in
hopes of preventing powerboat accidents, but has the situation really
improved?

Perhaps it is time to put political pressure on the legislators to
address this problem..we have a great time sharing stories about our
sport of choice..but we need to put some energy toward making our
waterways safe for us to enjoy windsurfing in an envirnment that doesn't
threaten our lives. I wish that every environment could be as tranquill
as Ninigrett..but let's face it we cannot always get up to Rhode Island
and have other destinations that we windsurf at, like the Cape, or New
Haven harbor or up and down the sound...and there should be some feeling
that laws are protecting our safety, as we expect it to be protected on
land. What are your thoughts?

 
 
 

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Post by Taura » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Snip a valid rant <.

What are your thoughts?

This guy Tony should get a hot lawyer and soon he will own that guys boat
since it sounds like negligence on the boat owners part!

Keep the pressure on by writing to the local papers to get some coverage.
Get the local windsurfing group/club to look into getting some legal action
to protect your windy spot from these exhaust brains before all you'll have
to sail on is a film of oily sheen!

Tauras
http://www.slonet.org/~tsulaiti/

 
 
 

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Post by Weed F » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

This horrible accident should be a wake up call to all Kalmus Beach sailors
regarding boat traffic in the channel. Please... Give all rights to any boat in
the channel, regardless of sail or motor. The channel is very narrow (75 ft)
and boats cannot manuever in and out of the channel.

On a good day Kalmus can have 100 to 200
sailors. The boaters cannot watch everyone.

This incident happened Sept. 3 below.....

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Freight vessel, harbor cruise boat collide

By JEFFREY BURT
STAFF WRITER
 HYANNIS - A Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority
freight vessel and a Hy-Line harbor cruise boat collided Tuesday afternoon as
both headed out of Hyannis Harbor.
 Neither Hy-Line's M/V Patience nor the M/V Katama was damaged in the minor
collision, which occurred about 4:45 p.m. There were no injuries.
 Both ships turned around and went back to Hyannis. The Coast Guard was called
in to investigate.
 According to both boat lines, the ships were less than a mile offshore, in a
narrow stretch of the channel just past Dunbar Point, when they touched.
 "It was very, very minor," said Debbie Hughes, a spokeswoman with the
Steamship Authority.
 "That turn is very narrow and that's why it's being widened next year, to
assist with the traffic," Hy-Line vice president Murray Scudder said. He said
it was the first time ships from the two lines had collided.
 The 206-foot Katama, which was lengthened and widened last spring to increase
its cargo capacity, was carrying one truck and driver. The 72-foot Patience had
48 passengers who were taking a one-hour cruise to Hyannisport.
 Neither Hughes nor Scudder knew what caused the accident, although Scudder
thought it will "end up being more caused by the (narrow) nature" of the
channel than by human error.
 Coast Guard Lt. Dawn Kallen said yesterday she hoped to conclude her
investigation by the end of the week.
 Hughes said the Steamship Authority was conducting its own internal
investigation.
 According to Kallen, boat captains Ray Oliver of the Steamship Authority and
Hugh Sindlay of Hy-Line were not tested for *** or *** because it was
such a minor accident. Kallen said she believed the two ship lines conducted
their own tests.

 
 
 

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Post by JJTTIITTUUSS_remove doubl_spmbloc » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> [Power boat disgust snippage]

> > Perhaps it is time to put political pressure on the legislators to
> > address this problem..we have a great time sharing stories about our
> > sport of choice..but we need to put some energy toward making our
> > waterways safe for us to enjoy windsurfing in an envirnment that doesn't
> > threaten our lives. I wish that every environment could be as tranquill
> > as Ninigrett..but let's face it we cannot always get up to Rhode Island
> > and have other destinations that we windsurf at, like the Cape, or New
> > Haven harbor or up and down the sound...and there should be some feeling
> > that laws are protecting our safety, as we expect it to be protected on
> > land. What are your thoughts?

> Yeh, the 60's guy in me say's lets picket the white house, but the 90's guy
> says that the boaters have more numbers (a bigger lobby), use more resources
> (a bigger lobby), and have bigger lawyers.  So our best attack is the
> sneaky approach to :

> A. Elect a windsurfing president
> B. Steal the motorhead women while they're out foraging for red meat.

> The A thing is possible next election.  The B thing keeps the
> motorheads from reproducing, and eventually their species dies out.

I'm not so sure.  Its alot easier to get a date to go for a motorboat
ride than
windsurfing--especially during the spring and fall.
 
 
 

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Post by JJTTIITTUUSS_remove doubl_spmbloc » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> >This guy Tony should get a hot lawyer and soon he will own that guys boat
> >since it sounds like negligence on the boat owners part!

> This was an accident. He wasn't drunk. He wasn't an idiot. He just made an
> unfortunate mistake. The boater that hit Tony waited while the boat directly
> behind them got him. He then followed them back to the harbor to make sure that
> everything was ok.

> The worst part about this whole mess is that the boater didn't have any
> insurance, and isn't a home owner.. so the legal pursuit is really a financial
> feasible option.

Is he a boat owner?  If not, the owner may have some liability.
 
 
 

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Post by Xtrspor » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>This guy Tony should get a hot lawyer and soon he will own that guys boat
>since it sounds like negligence on the boat owners part!

This was an accident. He wasn't drunk. He wasn't an idiot. He just made an
unfortunate mistake. The boater that hit Tony waited while the boat directly
behind them got him. He then followed them back to the harbor to make sure that
everything was ok.

The worst part about this whole mess is that the boater didn't have any
insurance, and isn't a home owner.. so the legal pursuit is really a financial
feasible option.

Skip Dennis
USWA: US-SD77
Tech Rep: Neilpryde/AHD/Finworks/Okespor
Cape Cod Windsurfing Association - VP
"You're not trying hard enough till something breaks"

 
 
 

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Post by Taura » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>>This guy Tony should get a hot lawyer and soon he will own that guys boat
>>since it sounds like negligence on the boat owners part!

>This was an accident. He wasn't drunk. He wasn't an idiot. He just made an
>unfortunate mistake. The boater that hit Tony waited while the boat
directly
>behind them got him. He then followed them back to the harbor to make sure
that
>everything was ok.

>The worst part about this whole mess is that the boater didn't have any
>insurance, and isn't a home owner.. so the legal pursuit is really a
financial
>feasible option.

>Skip

If that's indeed the case its truly a tragedy and one where we can all
commiserate. But according to maritime law a powered vehicle should always
yield to a sail powered vehicle... unfortunately many don't for one reason
or another

Life may times is as fair as a foul ball.. or maybe better put blowing 35K
and the smallest sail is a 4.5... you're gonna get worked.

Hope Tony recovers and sails again and the boat owner learns to drive his
boat.

Tauras
http://www.slonet.org/~tsulaiti/

 
 
 

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Post by TomBuckO » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

<jetski and powerboat danger and nusiance verbiage>

We had a similar problem at our local launch (Greenwood street beach -
Evanston, IL) and by working with the city, the park district and the powerboat
squadron, we were able to improve the situation tremendously this year.

They doubled the launch fee for powerboats (jetskis included), required the
power sqadron safety training as a pre-requisite to getting a launch permit
(including jetski owners) and MOST importantly, established and enforce a no
wake zone which extends some 300 to 400 yards off the beach.

This has moved the "idiot figure eight" faction of the jetskiers out beyond the
area where anyone is sailing, kayaking, swimming and really decreased the
noise/nusiance.

The big motivation for getting this done was to force the City of Evanston to
consider their own liability if there were serious accidents because they
failed to properly segregate the jetskis from non-powered uses of the
lakefront.

I AM NOT in favor of banning jetskis or any other users for these reasons:

- we could be next on the list
- jetskis have performed numerous rescues of windsurfers

Work within your local political structure to propose a waterfront management
plan which is geared to the safety of all users.

Tom O'Brien - Chicago

 
 
 

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Post by Michael Poloukhin » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
> A. Elect a windsurfing president

Bob! Bob! Bob! YAAAAAAAAAAAAY BOB!

Quote:
> B. Steal the motorhead women while they're out foraging for red meat.

Sign me up. (Don't tell my wife!)
 
 
 

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Post by Michael Poloukhin » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> This was an accident. He wasn't drunk. He wasn't an idiot. He just made an
> unfortunate mistake. The boater that hit Tony waited while the boat directly
> behind them got him. He then followed them back to the harbor to make sure that
> everything was ok.

Running over someone with your car, even if you are sober and doing the
speed limit is also an accident.  Difference is, with a car, you MUST
have insurance to cover yourself from the damages you may cause in the
event of an accident (bodily damage coverage).  With a boat, you just
rev up and go ... watch out squirrels.

The real point is that a motor boat is an extremely dangerous thing.  It
has no breaks, is has a veg-o-matic as a thruster, and is VERY easy to
navigate by almost anyone in any capacity. (Can't really drive off the
water into a tree) As such, the BOATER has a great responsibilty to
watch out for other "objects".  Yet, for some reason (there must be one)
there is no financial or legal backing to this great potential
liability. In this scenario, when an accident occurs, the victim is left
out in the cold more often than not. This is not right.  Why should the
victim pay for the lion's share of the damages (financial and physical)
for which he was not at fault?

On the other hand, windsurfers (and any other small water travelling
craft) need to take on a certain responsibility to avoid situations that
can lead to dangerous ones, given that they stand the most to lose in a
collision. NOT because they can cause any great damage.

The problem is, no matter HOW safe you sail, if an accident such as this
one occurs, without some form of mandatory "boating" (verb, not noun)
insurance, (the victim, 99% of the time NOT the boat in question) will
bear 99% of the damage. The damage will be great, primarily as a result
of the fact that a boat was involved (two windsurfers colliding will
usually only bruise egos and tear some monofilm) Logically, the boat
should be the one carrying the insurance as IT is the threat in an
environment laden with potential victims.

What I'm getting at is that even if the boater in this case was real
cool and helped a lot, etc etc ... Tony is still chopped up and the
boater has no apparent legally required financial responsibilty to cover
himself for the damage he did. That's not his fault, that's the fault of
the system as it currently is set up.  We (all windsurfers, kayakers,
swimmers ..) need to think long and hard if we think the system is ok
the way it is or if we should be doing something to better it.