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One Killed, One Injured In Boating Accident

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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On October 7th, rangers and Lincoln County deputies responded to a report of an out-of-control vessel on the water outside of Keller Ferry Marina.  A 61-year-old man and his 53-year-old wife were traveling upriver on plane when the steering arm came free from the engine bracket, causing the vessel to lurch into a tight counter-clockwise spin and ejecting both of them into the water. Arriving rangers used their pocket “green-amber-red” cards from Operational Leadership to assess the risks involved in trying to stop the spinning boat. They determined it was too dangerous and kept other boat traffic away while they waited for it to run out of gas. The man was found to be unconscious and suffering from lacerations to his left foot caused by the boat’s propeller. Despite efforts by medical personnel, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where she was treated and recovered. The nut and washer that held the steering arm onto the engine bracket were found resting in the transom of the boat, with the bolt still in place on the engine bracket. Rangers noted that the occupants were not wearing lifejackets and that a kill switch was not used. This is the second recorded boating accident at Lake Roosevelt involving the separation of a nut and bolt from a steering assembly since August, 2010. Park staff who operate vessels are urged to inspect this connection as part of their “pre-flight” checklist. 


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