Guilford boat crash kills 1, injures 3

There are 17 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Sep 4, 2009, titled Guilford boat crash kills 1, injures 3. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Authorities say one person died and three others were injured after a 19-foot boat crashed into a sea wall in Long Island Sound off Guilford.

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Madhatter

Lakeland, FL

#1 Sep 4, 2009
Very easy to do even sober.
Jon

United States

#2 Sep 4, 2009
Watch the morons on this board blame boat overcrowding and Down The Hatch for this incident.
Horrible

New Milford, CT

#3 Sep 4, 2009
Terrible tragedy
Umm

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Sep 4, 2009
The boat was probably overcrowded and the passengers just came from a night of drinking at Down the Hatch.
Jim

Stafford Springs, CT

#5 Sep 4, 2009
No - this is a case of drunken reckless boating. Nothing more, nothing less.
yeah

New Milford, CT

#6 Sep 4, 2009
did The Hatch open another CT location?
Hank Kingsley

Hartford, CT

#9 Sep 4, 2009
The Hatch should stay open during winter months as a social experiment.

Then we would read about the flannel wearing drunken yahoos falling through the ice and drowning in December.

YOU GOTTA LOVE THE STUPID!!!

HEYNOW
sink or swim

Johnstown, PA

#10 Sep 6, 2009
"Here, hold my beer and watch how close I can get to the wall".
Guilford

Taunton, MA

#11 Sep 7, 2009
This is not a case of overcrowding. The person who was driving the boat is the most irresponsible, selfish, and alcoholic person I have ever came across and should be incarcerated for life for this. Unfortunately his family has money so he can probably buy his way out of this horrible situation that has left an entire community at loss. Too many times I have seen rich kids get into trouble and buy their way out without learning a lesson, especially the driver of this boat. What kind of message does that send? The person who lost his life was one of the nicest, most positive people anyone could ever meet and it is just such a tragedy that probably the most genuine person on that boat had to lost their life.
Listener

United States

#12 Sep 8, 2009
The area where the accident occurred is very treacherous. Darkness adds to the danger.

It's possible that an accident like this could occur, even absent darkness, alcohol, overcrowding, etc.

Conclusions as to the cause of, and culpability for, the accident are premature. Before arriving at a judgment, why not wait for the facts to be established, rather than relying upon surmise, unsubstantiated rumors, etc.

This is a tragedy, principally for the families involved, but also for the town of Guilford and the shoreline mariner community. If we can learn something from the tragedy, its effect can be mitigated.
Guilford

Taunton, MA

#13 Sep 8, 2009
I don't need to wait for the details to come forth....the people involved in this crash are personal friends of mine and I know EXACTALLY what happened that night.
Jim

Stafford Springs, CT

#14 Sep 9, 2009
I'm with Guilford - Arthur knew these waters especially at night. he enjoyed maxing that boat out and ripping through those waters all messed up

Drunk Boating killed our friend
Listener

United States

#15 Sep 9, 2009
I don't know any of the people involved, although I pray for them and their families.

Whether one knows the people involved or not, I don't see how anyone can come to any conclusion regarding the result of the accident at this point.

As I understand it, one of the people who was aboard is deceased, one is still in hospital, and one was discharged from the hospital yesterday. I suspect that no one posting here has talked to any of these three.

Many factors must be considered in arriving at a conclusion regarding the cause of the accident, including lighting conditions, current, weather conditions generally, alcohol consumption by the vessel operator (if any), the condition of the vessel and her tackle and equipment, etc. at the time of the accident, the vessel's direction and speed prior to impact, etc.. I don't see how anyone, even the authorities, is able to conclusively discern the facts surrounding the accident at this time.

Assuming that Arthur was operating the vessel at the time of the accident, the fact that he knew the waters, and that, in the past, he operated the vessel at high speed while intoxicated, doesn't necessarily mean that that is what occurred here. It may be important information, but it does not conclusively establish the cause of the accident.

The accident may well have occurred as a result of the intoxication of the vessel operator -- statistically, many, if not most, vessel accidents involve operator intoxication. The fact that, reportedly, the operator of this vessel operated it while intoxicated in the past, lends weight to that suspicion. However, hasty conclusions before the facts are known should be avoided.
Wow

Stafford Springs, CT

#16 Sep 9, 2009
Listener, you sound just like the slime that people pay to get off in these scenarios.
Old Salt

Sun City Center, FL

#17 Sep 9, 2009
About 15 years ago I was running a boat full speed through the Thimble Islands at night. My steering failed and I almost ended up on a pile of rocks.
You have one person dead, one who may still die.
Arther may have been driving the boat, maybe he let the girl drive. He will have to live with what happened for the rest of his life.
Irrelevant

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Sep 10, 2009
Clearly there are a few people on this post who think they know "arthur," and assume he's directly responsible. Let's let this play out before we burn him at the stake. While drinking may have been involved, we don't know ANY DETAILS on who was driving or what exactly happened that night.

Let's focus our prayers on those still trying to recover from the accident, and those that lost someone.
cls

New York, NY

#19 Sep 29, 2009
sink or swim wrote:
"Here, hold my beer and watch how close I can get to the wall".
This is not a joke you ass those are someone's children that were killed, injured or have to live their lives with this pain. That is a sick comment.

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