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Re: How NOT to drive a power boat

This video went viral today, with several national news shows featuring it, so the original YouTube video is up to 1.4 million hits now, not including the re-posts on other sites. CNN's version of the video shows a little more of the aftermath. Note the young woman in the lavender bikini checking to see if her teeth are still there:

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I think the news commentary on the original video did a real disservice by describing the injuries as mild. Here's a post I found from one of the riders in the boat - these guys are really hurting, and lucky that nobody was thrown from the boat and/or killed:

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Hey guys, I was a passenger in this boat during the accident. Yes, there are many cardinal rules broken. The most important one I feel is no life jackets worn. As crazy as it seems, we had jackets for each person but as the poker run began we realized no one else was wearing them..... How foolish we were. I have read so many nasty comments on YouTube and other sites I am in shock. My wife suffered 4 broken ribs, punctured lung and a broken foot. She has not left the house since getting home. She is in severe pain. The driver crushed his eye orbital and broke hus back at T8 ( he is a former F-2 racer with APBA). Another passenger who raced professionally for many years broke his pelvis in several places and is in a wheelchair. One of the other girls crushed her eye orbital also. The guy from lake tv fractured his hip and broke his wrist. My injuries were minor compared, busted my head open and damaged a rib or two. Everyone is black and blue. This was a very upsetting event for everyone involved. I have been around powerboats for many years and it only takes on unguarded minute to loose a life or permanently hurt people you love. I am very thankful this did not end up worse. I hope everyone learns from this. I know I will boat differently. All of the guys in the boat are members of OSO. I think it is necessary to break down the accident and discuss this, just remember these are real people who like you who love power boating and do it every weekend.
Somebody on that site actually had the nerve to blame this accident on the wakes thrown by cruisers, suggesting that they don't belong on lakes. Even the go-fast enthusiasts called him on it, reminding him that 70+ mph boats have no business on small lakes either.

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