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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by gatorfrog2 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:29 pm

Dowwwww:(.....maybe TALLER FLAGS?....SUPER BRIGHT DAYTIME GLOW-WHIPS?...GPS/RADAR?...hmmmmmmmm. Hope all involved heal quickly. All for the BATS :scratch:
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:54 pm

Hope all involved are Ok, if FWC wasn't wasting tax payer money on doing research on bats this accident would have been avoided today.
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by Chaseh » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:40 pm

Rich, i would think that with all the shit yall get down there about those boats yall should be excited that the govt is using them. Kinda helps to justify keeping them around, don't ya think? Or do you really just like to paddle

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by rjonesboy » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:08 pm

I get it Rich. Over here they (FWC) buy buggies at 50 or 60k a clip and constantly tear them up to the tune of thousands. Counting woodpeckers, setting insect traps, etc. Also heavy equipment, They build shell roads like its going out of style. You can drive a Cadillac now where pretty serious buggies couldn't go when I was younger. Supposedly so the bird watchers can have access. Burning several times a year and roller chopping constantly. Its like the head biologist is running a huge construction company.

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by Rich Andrews » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:00 pm

Chaseh..i couldnt be happier to see good law enforcement officers in the marsh respectfully doing their job. Its the people they had on board probably working on banning anything thats fun,or disrupting batts at night:)
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by HuntingBigun » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:07 am

Anyone know the boat, the one lady was student on FWC and the other was on this boat with serious injuries. So prayers for both no matter what they were doing....................

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by jimmyflfr » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:57 am

The boat is my friends and his girlfriend who I work with was taken to the hospital she is fine just a bit banged up when thrown off the boat . I went out to float the boat and push it in. Trail had a few blind spots like a lot of them out there. Both drivers saw eachother coming and both turned to miss eachother and turned the same way out of reaction and just clipped the front of the boats together enough to eject them. They were all lucky and it was an accident that could happen to all of us and most have been in similar situations. I love how all these people on social media(not here) act like they were there and can sit and say how the girls driving the fwc boat were terrible drivers and same towards my buddy. On my way out I thought man its a Tuesday at 1300 and two boats just happened to be on the same trail with no other boats out there.

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Post by Sniper » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:24 am

I bet the people operating the FWC boat did not have a DOI Airboat operator certification, I have been on this web site since the beginning and I can’t tell you how many times I have read about a Government boat involved in an accident they need to seriously look at getting better training the rule I have all was been tought and teach is if you have a boat coming at you to turn right if both boats do that there should not be a problem, the total lack of proper training seems to be what the problem is, you would not fly an Airplane without proper training and I think the same should be with an Airboat, I understand accidents do happen but there would be a whole lot less of them if more people were properly trained, I'm just glad no one was killed
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by digginfool » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:15 am

Looking at the picture of the boat, to me and it's only my opinion, not to mention I wasn't there, looks like that's the boat that turned the wrong way. Had they turned right, the damage would not be on the right side of the boat nor would the boat have sunk on the right side. Again, as has been said on this site over and over, when confronting another boat head-on in a trail, go right.
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by jimmyflfr » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:49 am

No the boat in the pic turned right and the fwc turned left . I was there after and talked to all. Yea if fwc would have turned right it would have been better but she had a big head of dry tall grass and I don't know I guess she just reacted to go left. Sucks . And not to defend fwc ( both good friends of mine on the wrecked boat) but the girl driving the fwc boat is out on that boat almost every day so I'm sure she isn't a rookie driver.
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by scottyroll » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:31 am

Good thing nothing sparked around that boat in the pic - look at that slick from the jacked up gas tank :shock:
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by jimmyflfr » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:11 am

Yea I agree.

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by scrambletown » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:26 am

unforgiven11B wrote:Ummm, FWC would be at fault if they turned left with an on coming boat. Accidents happen but for **** sake people need to start taking responsibility for their actions. This is becoming more and more of an an issue and too many times you hear "I panicked" they were scared blah blah blah. If it was a car other mode of transportation the excuses wouldn't be there.
just like the 80 year old, oh I thought I was hitting the brake and run thru the front of a store....
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by mfreem » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:24 pm

Well said jimmy. And it Looks like midnight slide ended up with it's first helicopter aerial shots. ;). Glad you wrote the reply, because mine might have been a bit more biased..

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by mfreem » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:40 pm

Oh and to add onto that.. The next time I am run off the trail returning to the ramp at 35 by an airboater (novice or experienced) leaving the boat ramp.. You better hope I can't catch you. Shut your POS boat off, use your ears and listen for incoming airboats. They make plenty of noise. I've been almost hit more than once recently from reckless airboaters leaving the ramp that not only don't slow down, but hog the entire trail and blow the s*** out your rudders when they pass. We're not driving bumper cars with airbags and seatbelts. You will kill people with your stupidity and lack of control. If you are on this forum you know who you are. If you can't handle that, or disagree with that, then you have no business behind the controls of an airboat.

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by Rich Andrews » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:52 pm

I wouldn't mind cuttin a new trail where you talk about after the airboat show.Should be plenty of heavy boats to get it going.

Last time I came back in that way I got put in the willows with 3 passengers who about bailed out on me.
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by BANANA BOAT » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:49 pm

The trail is tight. I worry that someone will be coming to fast from the opposite direction.

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by wildcard » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:56 pm

it's simple the fwc boat f$$k up, charge them anyone knows to turn right with any brains :violent1: :idea:

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by tugchief » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:32 pm

to thoses that say the fwc was at fault you are correct you should always turn right i agree...... but here inlies the problem when were out there we are in non navigable waters period the uscg rules of the road dont apply hell you dont even need a captds lic to take people for hire in the glades b/c of that...... so tech there is no correct rite or wrong... and i agree about the trail from the fire station as i use it a few times a yr i normally come from 40 mile bend off trail......

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by Grady » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:20 pm

Coast Guard rules do apply to all state waters of the state... Rules like unsafe speed, improper lookout and others come to mind. Also anyone who takes someone out for hire weather it's a tour, fishing trip, or hunting are required to have a captains license... I'm not placing blame on one or the other operators as I was not there and didn't witness the mishap. Glad it wasn't more serious, prayers to all involved. Just my 2 cents, slide safe!

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by HuntingBigun » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:09 pm

Can happen to anyone, I lost some good friends in aircraft accidents they all were avoidable if in the split second they had to react they would have made a different choice, training helps but in the end $ hit happens and can happen to us all just look at the last couple months we had some bad ones by our own, something about if you live in a glass house do not throw rocks.................. may bounce back 8)
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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by SWAMPHUNTER45 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:45 am

FWC does have a advanced training protocol before they put an operator out solo BUT I don't know it that training encompasses all of the protocols of your group Sniper? They had a biologist killed on an airboat about 15 years ago and really embraced and got serious about training.

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Re: Airboat collides with FWC airboat in glades

Post by Sniper » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:47 am

The Certification I talk about is the U.S Department of Interior Airboat operator Certification every one that works for the Government weather local or state or federal if operating an Airboat is supposed to take it including the Coast Guard but unfortunately they don't and lots of time's these government agencies come up with their own abbreviated versions that are a joke and just because someone has a lot of experience does not mean they have learned the right way of doing things, I have known several Airboaters with lots of years of driving that drove like complete idiots, If this is ever going to stop happening so much then the proper rules of the road need to be learned and used, I do understand things just happen sometimes but with the proper training and using what you learned it sould definitely slow these accidents down all you really need to do is use good judgment and slowdown in areas where there is not much room to maneuver
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