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> Sydney Harbor Boat Collision Death Toll Reaches Six
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post May 2 2008, 07:05 PM
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By Ed Johnson

-- A boat crash on Sydney Harbor between a fishing trawler and an overloaded cruiser claimed a sixth life after a man died in hospital from brain injuries, police said.

The collision took place in the early hours of yesterday morning, triggering a rescue operation on the harbor involving more than 50 emergency workers, police boats and helicopters, New South Wales police said.

Four women and a man died at the scene, while another man died yesterday at the city's Royal North Shore Hospital. Officers released the identities of five of the six victims, aged between 20 and 29. The U.S. Embassy in Canberra said one was American.

The accident, described by police as the worst fatal crash on the harbor in living memory, came a month after the state's transport safety watchdog called for tighter regulation of recreational boating on Sydney's waterways.

Police yesterday impounded both vessels for forensic tests. Officers are determining whether possible consumption of alcohol played any part in the collision, said Superintendent Mark Hutchings of Marine Area Command.

``A number of people were breath tested and a number of people had blood samples taken from them,'' he told reporters.

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The six dead and eight injured were on board a seven-meter (23-foot) half-cabin cruiser which belongs to a ship repair company and is licensed to carry only eight people.

John McPherson, whose Sydney Ship Repair and Engineering company owns the boat, said yesterday it was taken from its berth without permission and wasn't being used by any of his workers.

Most of the injured and dead were workers or customers at a bar in the Sydney harbor-side suburb of Balmain, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The crash came 13 months after an out-of-service commuter ferry and a private cruiser collided beneath the Harbor Bridge, killing four people, including two international skating judges.

In a report on that accident issued in late March, the Office of Transport Safety Investigations called for tighter boating license regulations and an increased number of police patrols on the harbor.


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post May 4 2008, 09:47 PM
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this also happened in melb not long after Sydney incident

Investigation underway after two die in boat explosion
Police overnight continued an investigation into a boat explosion which claimed the lives of two people in Melbourne yesterday.

It is the second boating accident in four days, with a collision on Sydney Harbour claiming six lives on early Thursday morning.

It is believed that a small private boat had just finished refueling when an explosion occurred, sending two people into the water.

Four others have escaped death, however at least three are believed to be in hospital, including a 13-year-old boy who had been standing near to the fuel dock.

The blast occurred on Pier 35 near to Lorimer Street, with police saying the vessel had just filled up with about 200 litres of fuel.

"The vessel was filling up and filled up with about 200 litres of unleaded fuel," a police spokesman said.

"I believe that they may have had problems starting the ignition on the vessel, and after a certain period of time, it appears that there's been an explosion."

Police overnight continued investigations into the blast, with forensic experts attempting to find out why the explosion occurred.

It comes as a Sydney boat collision claimed the lives of six people on Thursday morning. Police are currently investigating the accident, believed to have occurred after a collision between a trawler and a small runabout.


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post May 5 2008, 09:23 AM
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Wowwwwwwwww, what type of boat is a "cruiser"? Why was it overloaded? Were they like, having a party on there or something?


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post May 5 2008, 06:34 PM
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Yeah a group of employees stole a boat to celebrate someone last night at their job and well thats what resulted. a cruiser i think is like a catarman, dont quote me on that laugh.gif


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Gee, don't they know that alcohol and boating don't mix!


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yeah getting drunk and stealing a boat is not a great combo


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A cruiser is not a catamaran, basically the best way to describe it is like a much much smaller cruise liner, built for Rivers etc rather the ocean! Did anyone hear about the Thames accident that happened years ago, probably 23 years ago now, between a party cruiser and a dredger! It killed 19 people, and one of the partygoers was a guy I used to go to school with, and his mum actually died afterwards of the shock, after his funeral!
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QUOTE(inasia2008 @ May 7 2008, 12:10 AM) *

A cruiser is not a catamaran, basically the best way to describe it is like a much much smaller cruise liner, built for Rivers etc rather the ocean! Did anyone hear about the Thames accident that happened years ago, probably 23 years ago now, between a party cruiser and a dredger! It killed 19 people, and one of the partygoers was a guy I used to go to school with, and his mum actually died afterwards of the shock, after his funeral!


i stand corrected...i dont know why i thought it was like a mini catamaran hehehe ooopsy
no didnt hear about thames accident


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