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Re: Run down by a Tug or Barge
We had a similar incident in Vancouver several years ago - in the dark after a summertime floating fireworks display. As cool as it is to watch fireworks this way, with the congestion, the dark, the inebriates the harbour is an insane zoo for an hour or two in the aftermath.
A 30-something power vessel ran into/got pulled under by a tug and tow coming out of a tidal narrows at the harbour entrance. Never saw the final analysis of that one, but it can happen pretty easily. I agree that for the most part the pros have those situations well in hand... but I'm sure there are exceptions too.
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