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    Default Trajedy on John Day river

    Sad to see this, not sure if it is a member here..
    http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/...06279839654300

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    I hate it when this happens!

    Similar thing happened here in Post Falls, ID (Near SPokane) on the Spokane River this past saturday when a Guy in a High Performance boat slammed into a anchored fishing boat and killed 1 of the guys in the fishing boat. Driver of the HP boat blew a .12 on the Breathalizer, max limit in idaho is .08 so they got him for BUI and charged him with Manslaughter or negligent manslaughter, something like that....

    I hate to see things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBoyToys View Post
    I hate it when this happens!

    Similar thing happened here in Post Falls, ID (Near SPokane) on the Spokane River this past saturday when a Guy in a High Performance boat slammed into a anchored fishing boat and killed 1 of the guys in the fishing boat. Driver of the HP boat blew a .12 on the Breathalizer, max limit in idaho is .08 so they got him for BUI and charged him with Manslaughter or negligent manslaughter, something like that....

    I hate to see things like that.

    Where did it say it was a performance boat? Did you know the guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southocg View Post
    Where did it say it was a performance boat? Did you know the guy?
    Just what some people that saw the aftermath told me. They said it was a performance boat. However, that can be just about any type of power boat. Todays headlines show the guy was charged with BUI and manslaughter. And, it says that it was a 15' powerboat that he was operating that suddenly veered into the 18' fishing boat.
    15' powerboat can be anything I reckon. I wouldn't guess that it was a row boat or a canoe through.....
    Heck, an old Jon Boat with a 35 hp Mercury on it is a Performance boat to me
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    Wondering if anyone knows the guy who the original post was about?
    I can't believe he lives in the same small town as me, with a 21 Elim.
    and I don't know of him.

    Really sucks that because he allegedly had some alc. in his blood that
    no more investigating is done.
    Maybe the steering failed- maybe he threw a prop blade-maybe he hit
    one of those f**king ski boat wakes-just sayin'.

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    Update #3: Body of Missing Woman Recovered from John Day River; Investigation Continuing (Photos) - 08/25/09
    A Sandy, Oregon woman missing since Saturday evening following a boating incident on the John Day River was found deceased following a four day search by state, county and Corp of Engineer personnel. The woman was presumed to have drowned following an alcohol-involved boat crash near LePage Park. The boat's operator survived and was arrested after he was released from an area hospital following treatment for minor injuries.

    Oregon State Police (OSP) Lieutenant Patrick Ashmore confirmed the body of MARIE J. RIEHL, age 43, was found in about 46 feet of water August 25th at about 1:00 p.m. Search efforts were assisted by Klamath County Search and Rescue dive team volunteers using special sonar equipment. Visibility was reported near zero and divers found her body using the special equipment about 50 feet from where the boat was recovered on Sunday.

    On August 22, 2009 at approximately 6:30 p.m. two people were on a 21-foot Eliminator speed boat on the John Day River near the mouth with the Columbia River when the boat's operator lost control. Others boating in the area came upon a debris field in the water where they found the boat's operator, GERALD RAYMOND FITZPATRICK, age 38, from Sandy, in the water with minor injuries. He was not wearing a life jacket. The boat's other occupant, RIEHL, was missing. The boat did not break apart as originally reported and it remained intact.

    Since Saturday evening, search efforts continued each day involving equipment and personnel from Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division, Klickitat County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County Sheriff's Office, and Army Corps of Engineers.

    FITZPATRICK was transported by Arlington Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment. OSP troopers, working in cooperation with Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod, arrested FITZPATRICK upon his release from the hospital Saturday night and lodged him at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles for Criminally Negligent Homicide and Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants. NORCOR confirmed FITZPATRICK bailed out during the night.

    FITZPATRICK and RIEHL resided together in Sandy and were reportedly camping in the area with friends.

    Very sad incident my prayers go out to Maries Famliy and Freinds and to Gerry who going through somthing none of us would wish on anybody .
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    Unhappy

    They already slanted the story with "speed boat" and "alcohol related".
    Sad story indeed, for both the families.

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    Life Jackets people, use them
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4CE FED View Post
    They already slanted the story with "speed boat" and "alcohol related".
    Sad story indeed, for both the families.
    Im new to Performance boats so I hope that im doing this quote right. Its sad that the media only tells part of the story, just enough to smear his name in the mud. The truth of the story is he just got the boat the Wendsday before the crash and it was his second time in the seat. His old boat was a pump boat so they feel it was a trim mistake. The witness said the boat took 3 hopps before going over. As far as the alcohol goes he only blew A .08. Thanks to you guys for being real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydro 913 View Post
    Im new to Performance boats so I hope that im doing this quote right. Its sad that the media only tells part of the story, just enough to smear his name in the mud. The truth of the story is he just got the boat the Wendsday before the crash and it was his second time in the seat. His old boat was a pump boat so they feel it was a trim mistake. The witness said the boat took 3 hopps before going over. As far as the alcohol goes he only blew A .08. Thanks to you guys for being real.
    Damn...I'm not so sure that you're post paints things any better. "Only" blew a .08, second time in the seat of a 21 Elim? 3 hopps? A person died? Nuff said...just terrible anyway you want to look at it.
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    I have heard the speed was 40 mph. Pretty tough, if not impossible to
    flip a 21 at that speed. I do know it can get real choppy up there though.
    I have not heard what water conditions were.
    Agreed, .08 not good.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogMan View Post
    Damn...I'm not so sure that you're post paints things any better. "Only" blew a .08, second time in the seat of a 21 Elim? 3 hopps? A person died? Nuff said...just terrible anyway you want to look at it.
    Im not trying to paint anything pretty about what happen, they are great friends with my boating group and just want people to hear his side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4CE FED View Post
    I have heard the speed was 40 mph. Pretty tough, if not impossible to
    flip a 21 at that speed. I do know it can get real choppy up there though.
    I have not heard what water conditions were.
    Agreed, .08 not good.....
    Yeah it can get ugly up there, we have spent alot of time running that river. I havnt heard of water conditions myself but he told my friends he wasnt doing anything crazy, and that he has no clue of what happen. He was coming from upper camp and came around the corner looking at the day camp and bridge when it happend. I used to run A 76 Challenger jet boat and in that same spot years ago I had the wind blow the front of my boat around almost looping me out. I was told that she didnt know how to swim and ALWAYS had her jacket on except for this time. Real eye opener for my friends and I.

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