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Re: Run down by a Tug or Barge
There's not a lot of detail on the SF incident, but the report on the Vancouver mishap found plenty of blame to spread around.
I would certainly hope that nobody would intentionally attempt to pass between a tug and its tow.. Most of these types of collisions come out of a lack of awareness that there was a tow in the picture. Add darkness, too many passengers and that attendant distraction, a new boater and the potential is magnified.. and if the tow operator adds factors of his own it's downright scary.
This type of thing hammers home the wisdom of taking the various power and sail squadron courses or equivalents.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)