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one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

I am wondering what happened here...hopefully it sounds like everyone else survived and could have been even worse...my condolences to the family and may the lady who was lost rest in peace...That said..a 45-foot catamaran or any boat can flip if caught beam-on in an inlet...may be awhile before we know what happened in this one.As I said earlier..it's remarkable more people were not killed since the article claims 2 dozen or so aboard...

New Mexico woman dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes - Yahoo! News

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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

Not a cat guy, but can a 10ft wave flip a boat with 20+ft of beam? Maybe there is more to this story. So sorry for the family/friends. So sad.
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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

Heavily loaded with people and catching a 10-footer abeam I would allow for trouble...with either type but we don't know if it was sailing catamaran or just powered...so it's all conjecture at this point...I know a 45-foot sportfish threw a guy out of the tuna tower a few years back who was at the controls when he decided to power through the wave ahead while coming back into an inlet..got deflected when bow hit a bar and wound up getting yanked back and forth abeam..and he got ejected from the tuna tower and hit his head on the towrails..was knocked unconscious and drowned...was at Sebastian inlet...I think...Hillsboro I do not know much about...seems to me it was awfully narrow if I recall though...
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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

One of these I guess.
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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

As I have been monitoriing the weather in Miami/key west since Monday. Wind was building up to 30 knots for many days against the gulf stream. The low pressure will move north by Sat/Sunday morning.

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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

At an inlet, like a bar between ocean and river, it can get very turbulent waves againgst current n an outgoing tide.
If the wave was that steep the boat may go over. But it must have been a big cat to hold 24 people!
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One of these I guess.
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yeah..went to the website..http://southfloridadiving.com/boats/coral-princess.html
The cat type and specs are right there..must have been one of these as you said...you see these things everywhere..

this looks like it could be a nasty little inlet much of the time.....kinda narrow for sure...

http://www.hillsborolighthouse.org/wc.html

not sure if I'd wanna be hitting this or any Atlantic cuts with passengers regularly in one of these boat types....I have driven a pontoon boat once...didn't like it..takes some practice I am sure like any vessel...takes time and experience to learn the envelope of your boats performance...usually we humans learn the hard way all too often though....not sure what happened here but these tragedies can be highly educational and should be examined by boaters who have a healthy respect for the sea...the NTSB report will be interesting on this one as it is a very common commerical vessel type able to ship lots of people who also could have died...they may take awhile looking at this accident so they can hopefully avert more like it...

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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

Is that a live cam shot? Cool!
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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

Yeah...good livecam that inlet has...came right up...anyways...i heard a report on the radio this morning that the cat was already broken ino several pieces when rescue vessels or CG arrived...

there's alot more info today in this Sun-Sentinel report:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-pompa...5.story?page=2

I wonder if they can back up the video on that Inlet camera? Might show what happened...This just seems like a nasty inlet to begin with for a boat laden like that..then throw in a new sandbar courtesy of Sandy and a large wave set coming at an angle...I'd bet the local accident liabilty lawyers are following this one closely...

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Re: one dead in Catamaran diveboat capsize in Pompano beach

Hillsborough Inlet is one of the most treacherous on the East Coast.
However, any captain who operates out of there SHOULD know it well enough to be able to negotiate it without problems. If he was not familiar with it, no matter why he thought he should enter there, in hindsight, it was a bad move.
I would love to read the USCG report on this one; a licensed captain who capsized a cat inside the breakwater!
"Rogue wave", bah humbug!
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