bad boating accident by whirley's rock
mike

Harrison, AR

#81 Jul 6, 2009
The problem is not horse power, its the action of the people. Lets say,guns don't kill people, people kill people. If a semi-truck hits a small sedan an the highway should we ban semi-truck from the roadways ? Where there are people accidents happen.
GUEST

United States

#82 Jul 6, 2009
Radeena Proffer of Poplar Bluff was the driver of the boat that hit the boat Josh was in. I heard he jumped to try to avoid being hit and got stuck between the boats....HORRIBLE!
concerned

Brookville, PA

#83 Jul 6, 2009
The water patrol report is posted now, you can go to mswp.dps.mo.gov to read it yourself.
so sorry

Doniphan, MO

#84 Jul 6, 2009
the child is JERRY MOTE OF POPLAR BLUFF...and yes you are correct chad was the one who recovered the gentleman....my thoughts and prayers go out to both of these family's. i will be the first to admit that when i go to the river i like to bring a beer or to but i would never get behind the wheel of anything.
why

Kittanning, PA

#85 Jul 6, 2009
you hit the nail on the head abc. The lady in the boat that hit the 25 yr old was drunk. The 11yr. old boy that can't be found was from her boat. The 25 yr. old guy received serious wounds and was killed. His last name was not Parsons or Pearson. He had a young family and was a good guy,let's respect all families involved and not write nasty things on here.
Down The Road

Union, MO

#86 Jul 6, 2009
NEWS RELEASE ID : N07090089 BACK
Incident Type : Incident Date :
2 BOAT COLLISION
07/05/2009
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
CURRENT RIVER 4 3:30:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
WHORLEY'S ROCK DONIPHAN RIPLEY
Summary :
BOAT 1 WAS TRAVELING DOWNSTREAM, BOAT 2 WAS TRAVLEING UPSTREAM. THEY TRIED TO AVOID COLLISION, BUT BOAT 1 STRUCK BOAT 2 ON THE PORT SIDE. CAUSE OF ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY MISSOURI STATE WATER PATROL.
Boat(s) Involved Listing: Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
2005 BLAZER UTILITY TOTALLED
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

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DREW PROFFER POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
PROFFER, RADEENA 6/19/1982 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
LAFFERTY, MICHELLE 4/9/1977 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
MOTE, JERRY 5/23/1998 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Boat Number : 2
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
2003 BLAZER UTILITY TOTALLED
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

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RACHEL MIKEL POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
MIKEL, CHAD 5/7/1983 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
BURSON, JOSH 4/21/1984 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
PRESLAR, MICHAEL 7/31/1974 POPLAR BLUFF, MO

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Injuries: Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
PROFFER, RADEENA 6/19/1982 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Moderate RIPLEY COUNTY MEMORIAL
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
LAFFERTY, MICHELLE 4/9/1977 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Serious ELVIS PRESLEY TRAUMA CTR, MEMPHIS
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
PRESLAR, MICHAEL 7/31/1974 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Minor

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Fatalities: Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
BURSON, JOSH 4/21/1984 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Nearest Relative: City/State :
Wife-Lorie Burson Poplar Bluff, MO
Taken to : Coroner :
RIPLEY COUNTY MEMORIAL Mike Jackson
Date Body Recovered : Time Body Recovered : Location :
07/05/2009 4:00:00 PM Same
Recovered by : Depth : Swimmer : Unknown
Chad Haywood, Doniphan, MO 7-8'
Method : Wore PFD : NO
Free Diving

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Missing: Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
MOTE, JERRY 5/23/1998 POPLAR BLUFF, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Down The Road

Union, MO

#87 Jul 6, 2009
It's kinda hard to understand the way it pasted. That's what will be in the paper. It was recorded on site of the accident.
BLW

Foristell, MO

#88 Jul 6, 2009
mike wrote:
The problem is not horse power, its the action of the people. Lets say,guns don't kill people, people kill people. If a semi-truck hits a small sedan an the highway should we ban semi-truck from the roadways ? Where there are people accidents happen.
I agree with you, it's not the horsepower killing these people....its the people driving, we have a boat and are out every weekend. There are alot of drunk drivers....It is a little scary sometimes....we were also there at the accident yesterday...very sad. We did see alot of water patrol out all weekend..so I'm not sure how this happened, but I will pray for the families!
Down The Road

Union, MO

#89 Jul 6, 2009
NEWS RELEASE ID : N07090087 BACK
Incident Type : Incident Date :
HIT BY PROPELLER
07/04/2009
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
WAPPAPELLO 4 8:14:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
MAIN CHANNEL WAPPAPELLO WAYNE
Summary :
Victim fell off tube and as she was entering boat she started calling for help.
Boat(s) Involved Listing: Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
1999 Basstracker Deck Boat None
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

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Paul Fugate Doniphan, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
Cape, Robert 10/20/1969 Fair Dealing, MO
Skier Date of Birth : City/State :
Cook, Melissa 1/6/1988 Doniphan, MO

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Injuries: Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
Cook, Melissa 1/6/1988 Doniphan, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Serious St Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau
so sorry

Doniphan, MO

#90 Jul 6, 2009
Joshs Aunt wrote:
<quoted text>
Does anyone know who the man was who got Josh out? I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for doing so.
YOU CAN CALL ONE STOP HIS WIFE WORKS THERE AND CHAD IS WITH THE FIRE DEPT.BUT SHE CAN GIVE YOU A NUMBER.AS YOU CAN SEE WE ARE ALL SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
somewhereinmo

Patton, MO

#91 Jul 6, 2009
im so sorry to hear of this i dont know either of the families but i will pray for thm all

“Cow Tail”

Since: Jan 09

Neelyville

#92 Jul 6, 2009
cleary wrote:
I was there and saw the whole thing it was horrible and at last word the little boy wasn't found yet and the man died it was Josh Parsons of pearson i not forsure on the last name one hundred percent
His last name is Burson. I know his family & it is just a shame that this happened. I hope they find the little boy so the family can properly grieve.
live here

Neelyville, MO

#93 Jul 6, 2009
What happened is very sad and my prayers go out to all envolved. the problem is not horse power, its the drivers of the boats. for the past ten years current river has been invaded by people from the bluff and other places, that come to the river and start power drinking . If you go back and read the papers ,98 percent of all tickets ,and accidents are people not from here. THey dont know the river or how to drive a boat. You might see one out of 50 boats ,that are from here. The ones that are from here mainly go up and float there boats back down. The rest just go back and forth as fast as they can.
Dont Blame One

Columbia, MO

#94 Jul 6, 2009
why wrote:
you hit the nail on the head abc. The lady in the boat that hit the 25 yr old was drunk. The 11yr. old boy that can't be found was from her boat. The 25 yr. old guy received serious wounds and was killed. His last name was not Parsons or Pearson. He had a young family and was a good guy,let's respect all families involved and not write nasty things on here.
I am sorry for the loss of a young man and father but I am sure there was drinking in the other boat too!!!
Red Boat

Penrose, CO

#95 Jul 6, 2009
abc wrote:
I dont know what all caused this, but in years past more accidents we're caused from drinking not from high HP boats.
This is very true i was there and saw the boats involved they were little blazers and prolly not much horsepower at all. The drinking and driving don't mix at all. Hp is not the problem here it is all the drivers drinking and getting behind the wheel of the boat and thinking they can drive. Limiting hp will take my boat off the water i have the red drag boat wit a 454 chevy big block in it we love the river and we love our boat it gets lots of attention. My father is the one that drives and he doesn't even think about drinking when driving the boat. Im sorry and i know many people drink when on the river but wut we should be concerned about here is drinking if anything is to be changed it is alcohol consumption on the river.
how dare you

United States

#96 Jul 6, 2009
Dont Blame One wrote:
<quoted text>
I am sorry for the loss of a young man and father but I am sure there was drinking in the other boat too!!!

How can you say I am sure there was drinking in the other boat too. This lady's reckless actions killed two people yesterday. Josh and Chad were blameless, it was her irresponsible actions that caused the accident.
what is going on

Doniphan, MO

#97 Jul 6, 2009
there is no where that states the child is passed it says he is missing.so how dare you state a unconfirmed assumption.we were on the river for three days and maybe one out of ten boats had sober drivers.it is very common to drink on the river.drinking is not the problem here it is the irresponsible drunkards that do not control the intake of their alcohol they go out there get staggering drunk and think it is ok to get behind the wheel of a boat.but when the dock they can not go get their truck cause they are to drunk.i have seen this several times and it was just a matter of time that something like this would happen.and for sure it will happen again this is why i do not take my children out there during the holidays.this woman will pay dearly this would be voluntary manslaughter.like i said i was out there the day this happened i saw this woman prior to the accident and she was pretty happy running up and down the river.this was a very sad ending to a very happy day.GOD SPEED to everyone involved in this tragedy
Out there somewhere

United States

#98 Jul 6, 2009
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories...

This is where the article was posted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Current River Runner

Raleigh, NC

#99 Jul 6, 2009
I run the river all the time in Van Buren and have for many years now. I am a responsible boater - I never drink and drive a boat. I like to think that I know the river very well. My main problem is usually the tubers and the canoers - many are very rude and don't understand the danger of the river.

There are a few problems with boating this river, and I'll list them below.

1) There are too many inexperienced boaters on this river. Before you think you can run a boat, learn to float the river in a canoe first. And I mean to hit the channels - read the v's. If you can't do that, you have no business running a boat. You need to be able to shut your boat down, trim your motor up out of the water, and be able to sit or stand on the front of your boat and guide it successfully down the river without running into root wads or dragging the bottom of your boat. I do this all the time - for many many miles (from above two rivers down to gooseneck). I get a lot of looks from people wondering if I've run out of gas or having motor problems. There isn't an area of the river that I haven't been able to float my boat through without a motor. Of course, a big sasafrass paddle helps too!

2) If you are going upstream - learn to YIELD to downstream boats. Shut your boat down and idle through an area to let other boats through a narrow spot. What's your hurry? I will sometimes yield when it's not even necessary. I've had the right of way too many times and a lot of boaters simply do not seem to know about this rule. It's shocking to be honest with you.

3) I really wish boaters would learn to experience the joy of a tiller handle. I think it's a shame we've gotten away from tiller handles and moved to these steering wheels. It used to be the way we'd spot a tourist - if he had a wheel. Now even the locals are getting boats with steering wheels. Folks - accidents can be avoided if you can get the super control that a tiller handle can give you. I'll never give up my tiller - it's super responsive and easy.

4) Ditch the booze. Seriously - boating and alcohol don't mix. YOu can have a beer if you're gonna be sitting on a gravel bar all day - but don't have more than one or two - and don't drink while navigating. Where's the fun in that anyway?

5) Turn off that dang radio! Boats don't need radios and you don't need one out on the river. I don't like listening to YOUR music! Seriously, the state of mood you are in when listening to music is probably different than if you aren't. Boating I believe requires greater concentration than driving a car in my opinion. Turn off that music and you might get better at it.

6) HP restrictions aren't the answer - boating EDUCATION and eliminating alcohol from boating is the answer. The riverways shouldn't be party zones - but peaceful avenues of escape. We should go to the river to relax and have fun - but the drunken and loud partying has got to go.

7) Befriend an old river guy who REALLY knows boat runnin' to teach you. I learned from some of the best on the current river. I value my river education and wish that others could have learned the way I did. For a long time, I had an experienced runner with me on the boat directing me. They helped me learn the river. Everyone that runs should have that type of instruction.
Guest

Penrose, CO

#100 Jul 6, 2009
Does anybody know if they have found Jerry yet. Someone posted on the Poplar Bluff forum that he was located this morning.

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