Equal fault in boat crash


UPDATE AUG 25 12:20 P.M.

Vernon RCMP have determined both drivers are responsible for a mid-day crash on Okanagan Lake.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the crash happened Sunday, just before noon, when a Seadoo boat collided with a fishing boat sending one to hospital.

“One of our officers who investigated the crash determined an18 foot bow-rider Seadoo boat was travelling west at approximately 15-20 knots when it collided with an older Hourston Glascraft outboard boat, approximately 16 feet long that was travelling east at 2-4 knots while fishing,” says Molendyk.

“The two boats were travelling directly at one another until the operator of Hourston attempted to get out of the way at the last minute. He turned to the right, which caused the Seadoo to broadside the port (left) side of the boat and launch up on top of it. The Hourston boat suffered a broken hull. The Seadoo boat only suffered scrapes to the bow,” says Molendyk.

The crash occurred at 11:28 a.m. and the driver and sole occupant of the fishing boat was taken to hospital with either a sprained or broken ankle. The driver and six passengers of the Seadoo were all unhurt.

Molendyk says alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

“Our officer has reviewed the Canada Shipping Act Collision Regulations, Rule 14 states that since both vessels were under power and meeting on a reciprocal course, each vessel has the responsibility to alter their course to the starboard so that each shall pass on the port side of each other.”

This file is still being investigated with a possibility of charges under the Canada Shipping act.

ORIGINAL: A man was sent to hospital with a broken ankle after a boat crash on Okanagan Lake Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 12 p.m. when a small power boat carrying around six people smashed into the side of a 14' fibreglass fishing boat. 

"He was trolling along fishing and someone t-boned him," said North Westside fire chief Doug Gardiner. 

The fishing boat was heavily damaged, but the driver was close enough to shore that he made it to a dock in the Fintry Delta area.

BC Ambulance attended the scene and took him to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital



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