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Old 06 June 2013, 15:13   #1
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Another Boat Accident

Bank Holiday Monday, Muscatt, on a boat excursion with my wife, 8 year old daughter, a young french couple and a german woman, the boat was a fairly normal 11 meter tourist boat with a pair of Honda 225s on the back.

Approaching the marina at full speed, over 30 knots, there was a scream from the bow of the boat, the driver jumped, turned hard to starboard and backed off the power, almost instantaneously we hit a rock and went from 30 knots to zero instantly, my wife and I were unseated during the turn and thrown about the boat, I ended up between two seats semi conscious and struggling to breath, my wife sat against the side of the boat and at first looked dead, my daughter distressed but physically ok, the Mrs came round and had no idea where she was or what had happened.

After a short trip to the marina the ambulance took us to the local hospital where we spent the rest of the day, I suffered back and chest injuries, 2 broken ribs and 2 fractured vertebra, my wife sustained a nasty head injury and memory loss and both of us had a heap of stitches.

Pretty horrendous experience which has scuppered my boating for the rest of the season and probably put my wife and daughters for good.

A witness has told me that the driver was looking at his phone at the time of the accident.

The rock we hit is the big wedge shaped one, we hit the skinny end coming from the other direction, you can see the mark left by the boat on the other image, once I get photos of the boat I'll post them, they are impressive!
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Old 06 June 2013, 15:18   #2
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That sounds horrendous. I hope the physical injuries heal quickly. As you say, the other sort may take longer, if at all. Are you taking any action against the boat operators and/or skipper?
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Old 06 June 2013, 15:19   #3
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Wow, sounds horrific! Hope you all make a speedy recovery.
I can see why that might just put you off ribbing
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Not put me off boats at all, but physically not possible for a while - I have lost all confidence driving for some reason, guess you never know what your sub conscious does to protect you.
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Thomas sorry to hear of this, hope you all make a speedy recovery.
Do hope this dose not put them off, all the best Nick.
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Old 06 June 2013, 15:28   #6
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Bloody hell, thats awful. Hope you recover soon.
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Wow, sounds terrifying, hope your daughter is ok, tricky one to explain to a young one, how adults can be such plonkers at time. Not what one would call a small rock!

Hope you all make a speedy recovery.
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This sounds horrible, hope you all have a speedy recovery!
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Old 06 June 2013, 15:49   #9
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Hi Thomas, I'm so sorry to hear about this, I hope you and your family make a full recovery soon.

I would take legal advice if I were you but it might be a nightmare as it's not in the uk..... Have you contacted your holiday insurance - what can they do to help?

Take it easy buddy and try not to worry about your confidence too much, it will come

If you do take legal action they should be able to put you in contact with the right people that can help with what you and your family are feeling after the event.

Chin up mate
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Thomas as you know I was shocked at this and sorry you all suffered.

Just as a total side line- is this the sort of event where you should get back in a boat like falling off a horse and getting back on.

I know health is not right yet but if you want some help with a slow run up a river in the sun please call me. It would be such a shame for your family who loved boating to miss out in the future. All the best to all of you .Ian
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