Wild Video Shows Fisherman Jumping Overboard To Avoid Getting Pancaked By Reckless Boat

News — January 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm by

One second you’re sipping on a Natty Light, relaxing as you reel in your latest cast, and the next, you’re making a last ditch effort to gain the attention of the rouge captain before he turns you to fish chum. Life comes at you fast.

OregonLive A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the frigid waters of the Columbia River last summer — an instant before another motorboat crashed into his — has filed a $372,500 lawsuit against the other driver. Clatsop County sheriff’s deputies accused boat driver Marlin Lee Larsen of several crimes after the 75-year-old told investigators he couldn’t see where he was driving because he was sitting down and the dash of his boat was blocking his view. Larsen said he probably should have been standing, according to the sheriff’s report, which notes Larsen uses a motorized scooter to get around on land. Larsen’s son-in-law, who also was on the boat, told investigators that he had warned his father-in-law to pay attention, that he sometimes sees his father-in-law using his cell phone while driving the boat and that his father-in-law had been off-and-on his cell phone the morning of the crash.

The careless driver is rightfully thrown under the bus by his son-in-law, who practically admits that he was screwing around on his cellphone. Call me ignorant, but for the life of me I can’t wrap my head around this scenario. I’ve never been on a boat with a neglectful captain, you won’t find a person more proud than the one manning a vessel. So I find it mind-boggling that this dude was just sitting down as his boat was flying through the river like a heat seeker.

via Oregon Live/ Angling Oregon

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