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#3293322 - 07/16/13 06:40 PM Near tragedy!
Kirk Moderator
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On Monday afternoon, 17 boats left single file in a bass tournament. Each boat was released with enough space to prevent a bottle neck or excessive wave action. Last weeks tournament was cancelled due to flooding and debris in water. We take safety seriously. However, we can't control the actions of others once they leave our sight.

One of the first to leave was a Bullet Bass boat carrying two brothers. When the brothers got down the river about 2 miles, they were traveling around 75 miles per hour. A "wake" boat was in the area that was putting out some extra large waves. They either didn't see the waves or didn't make any adjustments. Hitting a wave that size at 75 miles an hour is like jumping a ramp with a car.

The boat went airborne, tilted to one side and came crashing down into the water. Both brothers were ejected from the boat. The driver had some minor injuries, (well at least minor compared to his brother.) His passenger brother was not as fortunate. His body struck the boat hard and caused life threatening injuries. Thankfully, both were wearing their life jackets.

The passengers injuries included a ruptured spleen, three cracked vertebrae, a hole in his diaphragm, collapsed lung and numerous broken ribs. He was airlifted to Erlanger where he remains in Trauma ICU. He underwent surgery to remove his badly damaged spleen and repair the hole in his diaphragm. His driver brother was treated and released. (broken pelvis, broken ribs, badly bruised)

MORAL TO THIS STORY: SLOW DOWN. BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR OTHER VESSELS. NOTHING IS WORTH DYING FOR AT A BASS TOURNAMENT!!!

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#3293378 - 07/16/13 07:25 PM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: Kirk]
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I saw something very similar 2 weeks ago on Douglas. Driver hit the steering wheel and stayed in the boat. He was lucky. Had there been a 2nd in the boat it would have not been as good I fear. I saw the entire motor and prop when he went up. Scared the poop out of me and I wasn't in the boat.
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#3293379 - 07/16/13 07:26 PM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: Kirk]
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man i have fished only a few tournaments years ago with a buddy who had a bass tracker with a 40 horse on it. a couple of times we would get picked to start in the front 10 or 20 out of 150 plus.we would haul butt (as fast as a 40 would go)to get to our first sight.in my mind we were shatting and getting,only to be brought to reality by the 150 horsepower plus to come steaming by us,about swamping us due to some huge wakes,beating the heck out of us.i have been on the ole mighty mississippi here in memphis and i have got to admit that a couple of those tournaments scared me much worse
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#3293380 - 07/16/13 07:26 PM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: Kirk]
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He is still in critical position, hope and pray he does ok!
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#3293431 - 07/16/13 08:05 PM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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Wow, hope he recovers.
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#3293449 - 07/16/13 08:25 PM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: RUGER]
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That hits home. Hope he recovers fully.
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#3338634 - 08/27/13 09:19 PM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: chunkandwind]
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#3338872 - 08/28/13 06:20 AM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: Kirk]
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OUCH! I hope he recovers fully. Thats a rough one for sure!
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#3338873 - 08/28/13 06:21 AM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: chunkandwind]
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#3338894 - 08/28/13 06:38 AM Re: Near tragedy! [Re: JohnnyBond]
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hope he recovers
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