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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Off the hook: Terrifying moment fishermen dive into river water just seconds before huge speedboat smashes into their vessel


  • Marlin Lee Larsen's 31-foot motorboat plowed into Bryan Maess' 20-foot fishing boat near the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon, on August 12
  • Video captured the moment Maess and his two passengers yelled at Larsen to stop as the boat bore down on them
  • Trio were forced to dive into the icy water to escape being crushed
  • Larsen has since been charges with reckless endangerment and assault
  • Police ruled out alcohol and drugs but a passenger on Maess' boat claims they saw Larsen on his cell phone
  • Larsen claims he didn't see them because he was sitting down while driving 
  • Maess has filed a $372,500 lawsuit against Larsen, saying he was injured and still wears a knee brace because of the incident

  • This is the dramatic moment a fisherman and his passengers were forced to jump overboard to escape an approaching ship 

    This is the dramatic moment a fisherman and his passengers were forced to jump overboard to escape an approaching ship 

    This is the dramatic moment a fisherman and his passengers were forced to jump overboard to escape an approaching ship 
    Seconds later, Marlin Lee Larsen's 31-foot motorboat plowed into Bryan Maess' 20-foot fishing boat near the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon 
    'Oh my God,' screamed one of his passengers as the realization sunk in that the boat wasn't going to stop.

    Seconds later, Marlin Lee Larsen's 31-foot motorboat plowed into Bryan Maess' 20-foot fishing boat near the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon 
    Seconds later, Marlin Lee Larsen's 31-foot motorboat plowed into Bryan Maess' 20-foot fishing boat near the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon 
    'Oh my God,' screamed one of his passengers as the realization sunk in that the boat wasn't going to stop.


    All three jumped into the icy river with seconds to spare. The next moment, Larsen's boat crashed into the fishing vessel, causing serious damage.
    Maess, 47, an off-duty Hermiston police officer and part time salmon fisherman, says he suffered injuries to his ankle, leg and arm during the incident, while McMahon, 46, and Durham, 57, also suffered injuries.

    Bryan Maess had been fishing with friends Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham when they spotted the boat coming towards them

    Bryan Maess had been fishing with friends Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham when they spotted the boat coming towards them

    Footage shows them frantically waving his arms and shouting 'Hey!' to try and get the attention of the boat bearing down on them
    Footage shows them frantically waving his arms and shouting 'Hey!' to try and get the attention of the boat bearing down on them
    All three jumped into the icy river with seconds to spare, suffering injuries in the process

    The next moment, Larsen's boat crashed into the fishing vessel, causing serious damage
    The next moment, Larsen's boat crashed into the fishing vessel, causing serious damage

    The motorboat plowed right on through the fishing boat and past the GoPro camera before its driver knew what was happening
    The motorboat plowed right on through the fishing boat and past the GoPro camera before its driver knew what was happening
    Larsen, 75, who uses a motorized scooter on land, told investigators he crashed because he was unable to see the other boat from his sitting position.
    But one of Maess' passengers claims he saw Larsen using his cell phone while driving the boat. 
    Larsen insisted that he'd only used phone on the morning of the crash, telling Oregon Live such claims were 'fake news.'
    Police say neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash but cited Larsen  for reckless operation, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of fourth-degree assault.
    Larsen has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

    Bryan MaessRoni Durham

    Maess, 47, an off-duty Hermiston police officer (left), and passengers Roni Durham (right) and  Christopher McMahon were forced to leap to safety

    The wreckage left behind after Larsen's motorboat plowed into the fishing vessel, crushing it
    The wreckage left behind after Larsen's motorboat plowed into the fishing vessel, crushing it
    Maess' boat had to be towed back to shore after the collision in August 
    Now Maess has filed a $372,500 lawsuit against Larsen.

    Maess' boat had to be towed back to shore after the collision in August 
    In it, he claims he suffered vision problems and is still wearing a knee brace six months later. 
    McMahon and Durham, who suffered cuts and hypothermia, have hired attorneys and plan to file their own lawsuits. 
    Durham also reportedly suffered psychological trauma and has not been able to go back out on a boat since. 

    2 comments:

    1. This happens more than you might think. These cruiser captains put their boat on auto pilot and think they're safe. When drifting or anchored in a channel one should not turn off the engine. The cop should have known this (stupid cop). Instead of waving he should have started the motor and been ready to get out of the way. Or being LEO he could have fired a few shots into the air to alert the incompetent old man that he was operating unsafely. Stupid on top of stupid is what usually happens in these cases.

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    2. This happens more than you might think. These cruiser captains put their boat on auto pilot and think they're safe. When drifting or anchored in a channel one should not turn off the engine. The cop should have known this (stupid cop). Instead of waving he should have started the motor and been ready to get out of the way. Or being LEO he could have fired a few shots into the air to alert the incompetent old man that he was operating unsafely. Stupid on top of stupid is what usually happens in these cases.

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