Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Below is a read from http://jshn.org, regarding yesterday's fatal boating accident (2:23) between a 36-foot center console speedboat (four people on-board) and a 16-foot Carolina skiff (three on-board). The skiff was a rental from a nearby BL boat rental facility.
(I'm using this jshn.org report because it includes a way to help the victim's family.)
The speedboat (unknown make or name at this time) -- possibly running at speeds over the 30 knots neded to stay up on a plane --ran up and over the stern of the skiff, slightly port. The skiff was under power and among many boats both drifting and anchored in the area.
It will now take tedious investigative work to determine the tell-all incidentals leading to and during the crash. It is unfair to all involved to guess at what could have happened. Anyone who might have some insights -- or who saw anything -- please contact authorities, ASAP. You can also contact me at email@example.com. I'll get you through to the proper authorities.
As to the official details, victim Chan Kang was thrown into the water on impact. By the time rescuers arrived on scene, a physician that had been seen standing in the skiff after impact, had jumped into the water performing CPR on Kang. The doctor could also be heard yelling. A female passenger remained seated on the skiff after the accident.
Many nearby vessels rushed over to assist, as many as 15 were counted. The Coast Guard was first on-scene and quickly removed the victim and the doctor from the water. Kang was kept alive via CPR while being transported to shore (USCG station). There, BL first-responders became involved in CPR lifesaving efforts. A medivac was called.
It was during the helicopter transport that Kang was pronounced dead. While I see some reports pronouncing the victim dead at the scene, I'm led to believe there were lengthy resuscitation efforts up until Kang was placed on the chopper.
I've received eye witness information from a licensed charter boat captain who was pleasure boating --- and at anchor - less than 100 yards from the accident. Let's just say he wasn't at all pleased with the speed of the larger vessel, and its dual 350-hp outboard motors, as it went through very congested water conditions. He noted the speedboat didn't idle down until well past the impact zone, though passengers on that vessel could be seen looking back toward the skiff, apparently yelling to alert the vessel's captain.
As I wait more details on this fatality, I have to fully praise the efforts of first aid and medical personnel, including friends of mine on the second-to-none Barnegat Light First Aid Squad. I prefer not to get into the details but theirs was a heroic effort to save a critical victim. You can only imagine the strain that must be on minds and bodies of the first-responders after an incident like that.
While this has yet to be officially confirmed, there are indications the victim may have taken a prop strike or was impacted by the underside of the speedboat's bow. Others on the skiff suffered minor injured.
On-water deaths like this always hit close to home. I've lost three friends to boating accidents, two on PWCs. In-water tragedies are also part of my life-long waveriding lifestyle.
Whenever I'm looking out upon – or I’m atop -- Barnegat Bay during the summer, I'm perpetually cringing at how many boats are moving at high seed so close together, especially near Barnegat Inlet. It sounds so sophomoric to suggest but boats have no brakes. I hate to say it but even licensed captains don't seem fully aware of this.
That said, I want to repeat there are absolutely no officially disseminated incidentals on the actual impact ... yet. Those long-term forensic details are vitally important in helping to prevent repeat accidents. I'm sure the USCG or NJ Marine Police will micro-investigate the accident to help in the prevention aspect.
Police identify man killed in Barnegat Bay boat crash
A boat collision on the Barnegat Bay off Long Beach Island yesterday afternoon left one man dead, authorities said.
The incident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. near the Oyster Creek Channel when a 36-foot speed boat and a 16-foot Carolina skiff collided.
The skiff operator, Chan-Hee Kang, 26, of Hainesport died. The smaller vessel sustained the most damage.
Another skiff occupant and four on the speed boat were uninjured.
Police have not released any additional information.
According to a GoFundMe page, Kang left behind a wife and two sons.
“He loved his family more than ANYTHING and never failed to put them first. He worked hard to provide for them every day. During this extremely tough time, the Kang family will need all the support they can get,” the GoFundMe page states.