1 injured during boat crash

Sep 25, 2017
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources A boat crashed into a moored vessel Sunday evening causing minor injuries.

One person suffered minor injuries after crashing a boat into a moored vessel off Swifts Beach Sunday evening.

According to the Wareham Department of Natural Resources, the operator of the first boat was the only person involved in the crash, which occurred at approximately 8 p.m.

The victim was transported to shore for treatment by Wareham EMS. Both boats were hauled out by TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth due to damage sustained during the crash.

The incident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 25, 2017 12:16

Boating in the dark can be tricky.  Glad nobody was badly hurt. Nobody should have been operating a boat, in a mooring area, in the dark, fast enough to crash, fast enough to damage both boats, and fast enough to injure the operator.  Boats are only permitted to maintain safe headway speed (very slow) in a mooring area at all times, day or night.


Bummer for both...but certainly a lot more of a bummer for the moored boat and its owner. For any that don't understand boating terminology, "moored" means parked.  An unoccupied parked boat was crashed into by a boat that was not following safe boating rules is a better way to describe this situation.


Just before this mishap, the moored boats off Swift's took a 4 day beating due to Jose spinning out there. All the relief the owner of the moored boat had from dodging hurricane damage was quickly snatched away by this fumble a couple days after the wind stopped blowing.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Sep 25, 2017 13:28


Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Sep 26, 2017 08:38

Not Surprised this hasn't happened sooner .......

Posted by: bluebird | Sep 26, 2017 12:27

There is NO EXCUSE for this happening! From the damage it is VERY clear that this inflatable was being operated at a speed too fast for the conditions, and since the mooring area off Swifts Beach is far from the navigation channel (or even a straight course-line from R12 to the harbor mouth) this boater was way off course! Operating at night one should slow down, use a searchlight to find your way if needed (but NEVER keep it lit any longer than needed due to it's effect on one's night-vision), and operate with due caution. This collision was 100% avoidable!! If a boat operator failed to see a big, white boat in a known mooring area, far off the typical route in/out of the harbor, and did this much damage.............  THEY CLEARLY DID SOMETHING WRONG! The reason that this hasn't happened before is that most boaters stay out of the mooring areas when racing in/out of the harbor. I have made many after dark trips on the Wareham River and once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you will be amazed at how well, especially if the moon is shining, you can see out there without using a bright light. A white boat like this one should have been clearly visible long before collision was unavoidable (unless, excessive speed or other....impairment was a factor??)

I will assume for the moment that speed was the problem, along with lack of "situational awareness" caused by darkness.

Posted by: bluebird | Sep 26, 2017 12:36

Check out the Wareham Deptartment of Natural Resources (AKA: Harbormaster) Facebook page for more pictures.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 26, 2017 12:58

Bluebird, I just looked at the FB page!  It is hard to believe a small rigid bottom inflatable could do that much damage to a solid fiberglass Sea Ray!  That little inflatable must have been flying wide open throttle.  It's also surprising that the driver didn't get launched out and badly hurt or drowned.  Like you said, the channel is hundreds of yards away from the crash site...actually two football fields...give or take.  I've seen that inflatable out there in the evenings.  Seems like that is what he liked doing.  Hope he learned from this big mistake.  Hope he has insurance!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 26, 2017 15:20

One more observation. The inflatable has a fancy spot light mounted high up on the stainless frame.  Obviously the operator chose not to use it.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Sep 26, 2017 15:23

Have any of you been down Swifts lately ? Its the WILD,WILD,WILD West . People are buying houses down there then buy a boat or a jet ski and have no business operating one. They fly in and out no headway speed ,no respect for the swimming area. Booze flowing like the water in the river itself. Like I said earlier not surprised it hasn't happened earlier

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