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Old 09-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #8
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Default Speed. Too fast

Here is an article that estimates speed. Seems to some disparity as to how fast.
Anywhere from 70 - 100. Way to fast.

Video of boat crash goes viral
TV cameraman catches violent wake impact at Lake of the Ozarks
By Thomas Gounley *|*FILED UNDER -*Life*/ Outdoors |*6:14 AM, Sep. 6, 2012
A video of a power boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks quickly spread around the world over the Labor Day weekend.

The footage, filmed by LakeTV from the front of the boat, shows a Fountain powerboat — and its passengers — violently slamming from side to side after hitting the wake left by another boat. The group attempts to hold on to the boat for stability but ultimately get tossed around like rag dolls.

The driver, Marvin Carter of Memphis, Tenn., was cited with careless and imprudent operation following the Aug. 24 incident. But when the video of the accident was uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 31, he received another citation.

“After seeing the video, he was charged with a seating violation,” said Sgt. Jerry Callahan of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division.

Callahan said that Carter estimated he was traveling 70 mph when the accident occurred.

Brett Tintera, a cameraman with LakeTV who was on the boat, disagreed with that estimate and said that Carter had floored the boat moments before the accident.

“We were doing over 100,” said Tintera, who added in a phone interview Wednesday that he’s been boating for over 20 years and dealing with high performance craft for the last half dozen. “When you open the throttles up, you go way higher than 60-70 mph.”

There is no speed limit on the Lake of the Ozarks during the day. The nighttime speed limit is 30 mph. However, the Water Patrol can still cite boaters for speeds that it believes are unsafe for the conditions.

The boat was participating in the Poker Run, a charity event that is part of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, which bills itself as “the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest.” Tintera said the Poker Run had a 70 mph speed limit.

Carter and four passengers, including Tintera, were taken to area hospitals. Two women on board — a mother and daughter from Memphis — declined treatment at the scene.

Tintera, who is visible in the video wearing a blue shirt in the right rear portion of the boat, suffered a broken leg, broken wrist and ruptured disc in his back.

None of the passengers was wearing a life jacket, though there is no requirement that they do so.

“The lake shouldn’t get a bad rap, and the event shouldn’t get a bad rap,” Tintera said.

Callahan said the accident could have been a lot worse.

“We’re really lucky — falls overboard are the most common fatality accident nationwide,” he said. “We’re lucky all the passengers stayed in the boat.”

Shawn Kober, co-owner of LakeTV, an independent television station that covers the Lake of the Ozarks region, said it was not unusual for the station to be filming action on the lake.

“That’s just our niche — we film on the water,” Kober.

Kober uploaded the footage to YouTube on Friday as part of a regular six-minute-long weekly news update. By the time he went to sleep that night, it had accumulated 4,000 views — already a respectable total for the station.

When he woke up, it was at 100,000.

By late Wednesday afternoon, the original had nearly 2 million views, and various other videos including the footage pushed that number significantly higher. One video with footage of the crash set to dubstep music, for example, had more than 590,000 views. The video has been featured on “Today,” “Good Morning America” and the homepage of Yahoo! News.

“This one was just the right angle for the wrong moment,” Kober said.
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