Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boating News of the Weird

A few boating stories from the past 24 hours that we couldn't keep to ourselves...

In skimming the boating news headlines this morning as we do everyday at the Daily Boater, we found a few stories that were so bizarre that we had to share them with you.

They involve a jumping fish, a brazen thief, and a drunken tow boat operator...

Woman injured by jumping sturgeon
We've seen this before, and we'll see it again, especially as the Asian Carp continue to breed in our rivers and lakes. But this story is about a girl and a sturgeon. A 31-year-old woman was injured when a sturgeon — a large fish known for jumping — leapt from the Suwannee near where it meets the Santa Fe River.

Drunken tow boat captain drives men in circles
A tow boat captain in South Florida showed up to assist two boaters approximately 4 hours after they had called for help. Then, the tow boat captain towed the two people around in circles for hours - all night, actually, according to the story on MSNBC.com. The tow boat captain reportedly admitted to drinking and being on several prescription medications before his shift that day.

Man steals judge's recorder, documents boat joyride
According to Moriah Balingit of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a man in Pennsylvania went joy-riding on (a.k.a., "stole" or "borrowed") three separate boats last week. As if that wasn't bad enough, he made a voice recording of himself giving a play-by-play of his exploits... on a digital voice recorder he stole from a judge.