CaptainK once whispered in the wind:
That gotta hurt?
I don't know if the USCG captain broke any rules.
But that guy in the boat they hit, looks to me he's at fault?
Yes, the USCG captain broke MANY rules - all within the steering
and sailing rules. Here they are:
First and formost: Rule
When two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision
, the vessel which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.
6: Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed.... ... to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevaling circumstances and conditions.
Rule 8 (this is the biggie!):
(a) Any action taken to avoid collision shall be taken in accordance with the Rules of this Part and [Intl] shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.
(b) Any alteration of course and/or speed to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be large enough to be readily apparent to another vessel observing visually or by radar
; a succession of small alterations of course and/or speed should be avoided.
(c) If there is sufficient sea room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation.
(d) Action taken to avoid collision with another vessel shall be such as to result in passing at a safe distance. The effectiveness of the action shall be carefully checked until the other vessel is finally past and clear.
(e) If necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to asses the situation, a vessel may slacken her speed or take all way off by stopping or reversing her means of propulsion
1. A vessel which, by any of these rules, is required not to impede the passage
or safe passage
of another vessel shall, when required by the circumstances of the case, take early action to allow sufficient sea room for the safe passage of the other vessel.
2. A vessel required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel is not relieved of this obligation if approaching the other vessel so as to involve risk of collision and shall, when taking action, have full regard to the action which may be required by the rules of this part.
3. A vessel, the passage of which is not to be impeded remains fully obliged to comply with the rules of this part when the two vessels are approaching one another so as to involve risk of collision.
I just can't even fathom how the skipper of that Coast Guard vessel didn't follow safe and prudent seamanship practices AND their own rules in this crystal clear, lake boating
The Coast Guard skipper literally ran down that boat in broad daylight. As someone trained in this area (piloting vessels safely) it makes me sick to watch that. UGH.