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So this happened here yesterday.

The guy at the wheel was a Captain until yesterday.

Boat that crashed into Ruskin restaurant driven by well-known charter captain | Tampa Bay Times

There was almost zero visibility on the bay there when this happened.
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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

One is lead to believe the greater bit of fog was within the captains head.

I just hate boats like that. IIRC there is very little speed advantage to triple motors and almost none to four. Simply ego.
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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

This is from the news article:

"As of Tuesday afternoon, no charges had been filed."

But, I bet there will be

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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

From the article:
"At this point, with the fog, you couldn't really see anything,"

"It's estimated that Santiago was traveling between 40 and 50 miles per hour"

"The four-motor SeaVee skidded across about 30 yards of beach and crashed through the side of the Sunset Grille restaurant"

So he's running balls out in fog so dense he couldn't see a restaurant let alone other boats on the water.

I hope they crucify the bastard. It's a miracle he didn't kill somebody.

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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

1200 hp in not-so-good visibility.
It is not that foggy in the pictures

He will get strung up for that one, methinks.
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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

"You really should slow down when you can't see where you're going"
Great line.
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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS; On finding Fog or the warning of it slow down to a safe speed, place extra look-outs, turn on navigation lights, sound fog signal for the vessel, listen for other noises have engens ready for avassive action and be ready for anything out of the ordanary AS ALWAYS GO SAVE
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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

Hmmm, traveling so fast in heavy fog that you can't see where the water ends. That's pretty bad right there. And the idea that the boat didn't have a GPS to let them know where the water is seems pretty silly.

Frankly this guy should get crucified. There is no excuse for this to happen.

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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

Well if Tampa Bay is anything like Barnegat Bay the IQ of the captain is inversely proportional to the horsepower hanging off the transom.

The attorneys here can weigh in the legal implications, I just can't get past that it's a miracle no one was killed or seriously injured. And it's probably a good bet this isn't the first time he's done it.

Can you imagine being out in the fog and having this guy hit you broadside at 50 mph ?

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Re: So this happened here yesterday.

I saw this on FB...They should throw the book at this idiot

My boat is cheap and old but when I put those white things up it moves...so it must work like everyone elses
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