Thursday, August 03, 2006

Snipe Swipeout!

Last Saturday was a lovely day for many Snipe sailors at Lake Dillon, Colorado.

But not for one couple. A leak let water into a tank, perhaps contributing to a capsize and difficult recovery.

The crew and rescue workers got the boat up briefly, but the boat could't be de-watered, so eventually the crew hopped on the rescue boat while the Snipe was towed fully inverted.

The Snipe was towed to the nearby ramp area and righted so it could be hauled out and drained before repairs could begin.

2 Comments:

At 2:50 PM, August 03, 2006, Blogger Tillerman said...

I'm tempted to snipe at the designer and owner of this boat for poor design and/or maintenance that could allow such a thing to happen, but that would be a horrible pun so I won't.

 
At 4:39 PM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

UGH... good thing they were on a lake with other boats around...otherwise it could have been much worse. Probably would blame both, as the design has to have some fault with it if a leaking tank makes the boat so unstable. The owner should take his lumps too—for not maintaining the boat properly.

 

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