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Three salmon fishermen were forced to abandon ship by jumping into the Columbia river just seconds before a big boat smashed right into them.
The three men screamed and waved their arms frantically in an attempt to get the attention of the driver, but it didn’t work, and the much larger craft went right up and over the smaller fishing vessel.
Scary stuff. Check it out:
Clatsop County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to the scene, and that’s where the details get crazy.
Apparently, the driver——75-year-old man Marlin Lee Larsen——claimed he couldn’t see where he was going because he was sitting down at the helm, and the dash blocked his view.
What the hell kind of defense is that? “I was going full-throttle even though I couldn’t see where the hell I was going.”
Larsen told the deputies that he “probably should’ve been standing.” You don’t say?
But it gets even better. Larsen’s son-in-law was also on the boat, and told deputies that he often warned his father-in-law to pay attention, and that he sometimes sees the elderly man using his cell phone while behind the helm.
This guy is the picture of irresponsible boating.
Fortunately, none of the three men on the fishing boat were seriously injured——though they certainly would’ve been if they hadn’t been so quick to bail out.
Larsen pleaded not guilty to reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault, and recklessly endangering the lives of others.
Gotta be careful out there.