Mandurah boat crash

 Let me preface this post with my full respect and condolences to those deceased.

But FFS I'm absolutely shaking my head at the reported cicumstances of this crash. 

No nav lights , speed and more than likely alcohol involved but not proven (yet)

This bloke has not only maimed himself but killed two women in the process, imo should have the book thrown at him when he gets well. There's no excuse.

From what locals have described there's Fwits speeding up that river at night all the time, where's the water police. They're happy to ream rec fishos at the ramp and fine this shit out of anyone for out of date flares but something like this is serious shit.

IMO in this day and age it should be mandatory to have a GPS on board for any night inshore/river navigation. 

It harks back to that flog Woolard who slammed into a Nav marker on the Swan, he got off with a suspended sentence. I guess being well connected helps in this world.



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Also the the party boat

Mon, 2023-01-23 18:51

 That hit a marker pole out of freo, party goers end up in the water


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Sea Rescue

Tue, 2023-01-24 15:38

Fremantle sea rescue specifically said that despite media reports nobody ended up in the water

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Feel for young Rhett. My mate

Tue, 2023-01-24 09:19

Feel for young Rhett. My mate knows the family well having played with Steve at West Perth and his mum was a proper salt of the earth by all accounts. Wouldn't begrudge him taking indefinite leave 


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The little birdy

Tue, 2023-01-24 09:54

Everyone has a little birdy in their head that tells them this is not a good idea before they do it . Whether you choose to listen or not is up to each individual, if not it is called stupidity and it does not discriminant.

Condolences to all family & friends .


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condolencesbut apparently the

Tue, 2023-01-24 11:01


but apparently the marker was lit

deja vu


1 dead - "skipper " found not guilty in 2022 said he didnt have a skippers ticket - so it couldnt have been him driving


these last 2 were definetely lighted beacons

the chopper crash the other day in QLD shows in video where one of the passengers grabs pilot and show towards the other chopper seconds before crash, shows pilot looking at the women next to him talking


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 It's is a terrible tragedy

Tue, 2023-01-24 12:17

 It's is a terrible tragedy and one that should absolutely have been avoided. I just cannot understand driving a boat fast at night when there are hazards around. An old mate of mine died in Bunbury when the speedboat he was driving ran bewteen the hulls of a moored catamaran. Also tragic and also very avoidable. He was always a speed freak but at night is just stupid. It's a shame that these lessosn must be learnt through more loss of life, rather than heeding the misery of others before. 


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 Hard to believe and very

Tue, 2023-01-24 21:22

 Hard to believe and very avoidable but perhaps also surprising this shit doesn't happen more often...


If the roads are anything to go by why would boating be any different.


The Freo one in daylight is even more unbelievable!!!


Hey shark, where did you find the chopper crash vid? 


How the fuck did that happen also!!

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 chopper crash was on

Wed, 2023-01-25 08:43

 chopper crash was on mainstream news

scroll down past the bloody photos, its the second video clip

pilot not looking down or to left where his landing strip is - where other chopper is taking off  boys at flying club had some harsh words, they also got some more footage from a  facebook page 

soz cant help with that 

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 A lot of rule breakers on

Thu, 2023-01-26 12:25

 A lot of rule breakers on the Mandurah Estuary quite often. I did a cruise up the canals and also the Estuary for New Years. Christmas lights and fireworks. You should have seen the amount of boats with no lights everywhere. Even when underway, we followed one 30 footer at least with no lights at all. Not many had an all round light or stern light either.

Another day another example, I was fishing from the shore late at night in the Serpentine River in a narrow section. A tinny came barrelling along flat stick with no lights at all around a narrow bend. There was actually a kayak fishing there five minutes previously. Luckily it had just pulled out otherwise it would've been a disaster just about for sure.

Another example again, I was coming in 2am from fishing and a big sailing boat/yacht was coming out with no lights. If I wasn't alert it could have been a head on collision. It was on wrong side. It only turned a light on after I flashed the spotlight at it. There will be more accidents in there just about guaranteed sadly.


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Unfortunately there is no

Thu, 2023-01-26 12:50

Unfortunately there is no cure for stupidity

Condolences to those that have lost loved ones


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