Originally Posted by Haffro
Some poor person had a wicked scare and fell into portland harbor during this storm Hope it wasn't Tim R. Luckily it doesn't look like it is life threatening.
Thanks for the concern Samantha Jane.
You all now know it was not me.
I can add a few more details to MaineSail's account. The marina manager and one asst. were staying the night at the marina. Their plan was to walk the docks every two hours and check lines. They had just finished their check at 2am. They downloaded a movie to watch and were getting ready to watch it around 2:20am when they decided that if they did another quick check they could watch the movie without interruption. While out on the docks they thought they heard someone yelling but also thought it could have been the wind. Luckily they figured out it was someone yelling but they had trouble locating the source, again because of the wind. They finally found him after his neighbor heard him and was trying to get him out of the water. The 3 of them could not lift him out. He was unconscious by the time he got out of the water.
I actually was having dinner with him earlier that night and told him I would check on his boat. Once my wife and I checked his boat, I texted him to tell him that I adjusted his lines and the boat was riding nicely. He responded saying he was going to the boat anyway.
I actually did have thoughts of this very thing happening. When I went up to the marina office the next morning they told me they had a little emergency around 2am. As soon as they said someone fell in, I knew it was my friend. They knew nothing of his condition and asked me to contact his wife who confirmed that he was home from the hospital at 4am and sleeping well.
He had tied the boat so it was riding about 4 feet off the finger. He got aboard just fine. It was when he tried to get back on the dock that he fell in. My thought is that he mis-judged how his boat would move when jumping across to the dock. Of course, there was also snow on his boat and the dock.
As for us, we had a fairly good night being in the lee behind the restaurant.