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The Rock Island Wreck…

:: Monday, September 14th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm


This past Sunday, after anchoring and rafting up with friends at Belmont Bay, I learned that there had been a mishap on the river the night before. This is all second hand information, but it seems that a couple of fellows in a small Wellcraft power boat ended up launching their boat onto Rock Island just South of the Occoquan River Inlet. At first I was under the impression that they had just run aground on the rocks when they got too close to the island, but my friends assured me that was not the case.

After hearing the story of how the entire boat was up on the island… well I had to go see it for myself. So on our way back to the marina we took a detour out to the island and sure enough, the boat looked like it had been set atop the island with a crane! This was a way funny site, but I do hope the two people in the boat were okay. Hitting a land mass like this at speed could kill someone!! Maybe it’s time to put up a navigational marker light… you think!?

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:: One Comment

  1. Posted by Dave Tuttle on Mon, September 21, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    I do not think a nav marker is required, just some reasonable speed and caution at night. Clearly speed was a big factor here, not to mention inattention and who knows what chemical assistance.

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