Originally Posted by wind_magic
I can't imagine something like that happening, I'm glad you and your family are OK [edit - I just re-read this thread and did not know your wife had been hurt badly until just now]. One question, you touched on it but I'm curious, what were the other people doing ? I mean did they just sit there on their Sea Ray and watch all of this unfold, did they come over and talk to you when you got back to the boat, just sit there and wait, leave, what did they do ? [edit #2 - I understand if you can't answer this because of the court case]
I am free to answer things now that I could not comment on a few years ago, The legal stuff is over.
My wife says that immediately after the crash the Sea Ray was stopped about 40 yards in front of our boat and she could see into the rear of the boat. She saw the boat owner come out of the cabin and go to the helm. He yelled back to my wife that he was OK and restarted his engines. He started to leave. My wife yelled back to him, "I can't find my Husband."
Thats when she went below to make a radio call to the Coast Guard. She came back on deck. I was yelling "I am over here" while the boat and I were moving further apart from each other. I get my wife attention and she yells to the other boat That I am over there help him. They do not, in fact they move their boat about 200 yards away and just sit there. My wife was able after much trouble to bring our boat back around and pick me up.
I should say, that when I was in the water, when I first yelled to my wife, our dog (Meg) a lab come out of nowhere swimming to me. She was sitting with me just before the crash and she was thrown overboard also. She was good company to have during those min's.
Durning these min's the Capt. of the lagre Motor yacht that was behind us was on the radio with my wife and in fact had his eyes on me and was able to tell my wife where I was.
Once I got back on board The Sea Ray came along side and said "Since everyone is OK, I am going." I told him the Coast Guard is on the way. He said "You called the cops?' Once the Coast Guard got there they separated us and I never saw him again until we got to court.
This is the funny part, He testified in court that his steering was damaged and he could not help me while I was in the water. My lawyer reminded him that he drove his boat home about another 30 miles after he was released by the Coast Guard. Then he said it was to Dangerous to help as he was afraid that he might collide with my boat. My lawyer asked him just how much more damage did you think you could do? Yep, He was a Stellar witness.