Boat Capsizes

Discussion in 'Boating' started by kybunniebuster, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. kybunniebuster

    kybunniebuster New Member

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    BE CAREFUL GUYS IT GOES TO SHOW IT CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME , IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE THAN IT ALREADY WAS FOR THESE GUYS
    Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News Release
    Boat Capsizes in Cumberland River Tailwater;
    Anglers Cautioned About Unusual Water Releases From Wolf Creek Dam
    March 10, 2006
    Contact: Maj. Randy Hedges
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    1-800-852-0942, ext. 452

    Frankfort, KY – An unusual water release Thursday morning from Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County contributed to the capsize of a boat being operated by an experienced angler.
    Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Tony Wright said a Russell County father and son plunged into the 40- to 45-degree water around 7 a.m. (CST) March 9 after their boat capsized near Wolf Creek Dam.
    The anglers, 43-year-old Jeff Fugate and his 17-year-old son, James Fugate, both of Creelsboro, remained in the water for approximately 45 minutes before being rescued. The men were taken to a hospital in Russell County, where they were treated for hypothermia and released three hours later.
    “If they hadn’t worn their life preservers, they would be dead,” Wright said.
    The Fugates were fishing on the side of the dam that normally remains relatively calm while water is flowing through the structure to generate power. A concrete wingwall separates that side of the dam from the heavy current produced by the generator side of the dam.
    However, because of an ongoing construction project at the nearby Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, sluice gates underneath the dam are being opened whenever the electrical generation halts. These gates, which are rarely opened, kick a 30-foot tall column of water into the area of the tailwater that normally is not subject to heavy current. The gates must be opened to provide water for the hatchery.
    Wright said the anglers’ boat capsized when the sluice gates opened. The anglers were twice warned about the potential danger and told to leave the area prior to the gates being opened by a contractor working nearby and officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “I think because they were on the other side of the concrete wingwall, where the water is normally calm, they thought they would be all right,” Wright said.
    Water swamped the anglers’ 14-foot johnboat and it overturned. A back eddy created by the current swept the father and son to calmer water on the other side of the dam. There, Corps employees were able to lower ring buoys on ropes to keep them in place until the water could be turned off and a rescue boat dispatched, Wright said.
    Wolf Creek Hatchery Manager James Gray said sluice gates will be opened and closed during the next two weeks, and possibly longer.
    Boaters in the tailwater should use caution and stay at least a football field length away from the face of the dam. Boaters are advised not to anchor near the dam because of heavy current and water fluctuations. Anglers should have their personal floatation devices (life preservers) on and securely fastened whenever fishing from a boat anywhere on the tailwater.
     
  2. WhiskerfishLou

    WhiskerfishLou New Member

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    I just shake my head in wonder when someone is told that there could be a dangerous situation about to occur and they just ignore it. Even where there are sirens and flashing lights, people try to play it like it's a video game and their lives are at stake. I'm so glad these two survived. I've learned long ago, when in doubt, don't go out, (or in this case, get the heck out). This goes for storms, rough water or even questionable mechanical situations. A fish is not worth the risk of life and limb. In any given situation there are many friends and family that love us and to leave them behind would be a disasterous experience for them as well. Be smart, fish smart, stay safe and fish another day.
     

  3. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    Good to hear they are ok, like you said would have been worse if not for the safety vests.
     
  4. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    i think it funny that the article called them experienced. if they were experienced they would have headed the warnings from the corps of engineers.i dont mind operating a boat in current situations but i dont have enough guts to throw an anchor in below a dam . fishing or pleasure boating in current can go from 99 percent fun to 100 percent terror in the blink of an eye.
     
  5. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    I always eed the sound of those sirens,they sound them for a reason.I used to fish some on the back side of Table Rock Dam where Lake Taneycomo begins.When they sound the horn even if your fishing the bank down along the rocks you better back up when they open the gates the water starts coming up in a hurry.

    It's a good thing those two were OK, it could have been a real bad deal.
     
  6. Doyle

    Doyle New Member

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    I've never fished near a big dam but thanks to the BOC, I now know to be cautous it I ever should.
     
  7. TeamCatHazzard

    TeamCatHazzard New Member

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    Dang thats too bad! It is good to hear they were wearing their life jackets though. I can see where that could happen because I have fished below Alton dam when they are discharging water to lower the lock for barges and it swirls and really moves your boat around it could get nasty sometimes especially in a smaller boat!
     
  8. muskyman

    muskyman Active Member

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    David
    You know you can put extra floatation in your boat. You can buy the stuff at shopmaniac.com
    anyways, boat manufacters will generally put the minium floatation required by law ; but there is no reason you can't put extra floatation in it. I don't know about you, but I like the idea of having my boat floating like a cork if it were to be over-turned. Will all the stuff we put in our boats - 4-stroke motors, livewell full of fish, anchors, coolers, tackle, over-weight fisherman ( that's where I come in ) - all this stuff , man, I don't know about you, but I don't wanna find out how fast my boat will sink. I would rather have the added insurance.
     
  9. catchaser19

    catchaser19 New Member

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    Do you know what kind of floatation you get(foam plastic) and can you do it to any boat say a lund pro-v 2025
     
  10. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    I am glad that the two guys are ok but there stupidy realy shows. If you are going to fish around a big dam than you should have a bigger boat in my opinion. Allthow I think in this siduation any boat would be in danger. I am a big man and therefor have a big boat, the biggest I can handle by myself and still get out and fish. I have a very bad knee so need the stabability of the bigger boat. When the water is rough or the boat is under way the life vest are always on and fassened. I hate to ware them but it is better to be safe than sorry or dead.
     
  11. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Those folks were just plain stupid. I hoped they learned there lesson and they are lucky to still be alive.
     
  12. kspor

    kspor New Member

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    I guess these are the guys who think it will never happen to them. I used to be more like that. Then I got cancer, and a few other nasties. Now I play it safe. I dont care if its a 150 flathead, cut the line if neccessary and save youself. Cant fish from a coffin.
     
  13. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I agree with Tom. Just plain stupid. Sounds like the extra floatation was in their heads and there was less room for brains. Isnt' that Darwin's theory... survival of the fittest. lol
     
  14. Catter

    Catter New Member

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    I can almost see where these two guys were coming from. I took my first skippie trip to Pickwick awhile back. I know how locks and such work and we could see the lock on the other side of the dam from us. When the siren started going off I thought "cool, i'll actuall get to see one in action". I had no idea that straight across from us and right at the wall of the lock was where the water was going to be released. It amazed me at the power of that big boiling water eruption thingy I seen. (sorry, thats the best i can do for a description)

    It just never occured to me that the discharge would be in an area fully open to boat traffic. I remember thinking "no wonder that pontoon moved away from that spot when the siren sounded". I rekon i'm trying to say that not everyone is "stupid", just that some are "ignorant".

    Joe