Boater Killed Off Coast Near Wilmington

A boater has been killed off the North Carolina coast, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials say a boat crashed into a rock in the Masonboro Inlet near Wilmington. Rescue crews received the call around 6:30 p.m. that three people on the boat were severely injured.

A coroner on the scene pronounced one person dead.

The names of the boaters and the name of the boat have not been released.


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  • by Masonboro Inlet on Nov 23, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    Well, it's obvious that a few of you commentors know nothing at all about Masonboro Inlet. There is a lighted buoy in the middle of the channel, but there are no markings or lights at the end of the two jetties. At night time, you can't see them until you are on top of them & that's a fact. If you've navigated the inlet at night, you know this is true. Period. End of discussion. Praying for the family of the injured & deceased.
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      by licensed captain on Nov 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM in reply to Masonboro Inlet
      marker lights at the end of that jetty was increase safety...the end,,,,it would be a neglible expense and help safe navigation...been in charleston lately,winyah bay also,,oh and hilton head...with marker lights and no casualty's since they were installed.
  • by Think a second Location: NC Coast on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    Now our government regulators will have to hold a special "POW WOW" yeah, they will most likely pass the piece pipe and pass laws of NO BOATING after sunset hours.
  • by boater#2 on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    I agree. The jetties are NOT well lit and it is very easy to get to close to them, even for experienced captains and boaters. Combine this with a low light/night time scenario and unfortunate accidents like these are bound to happen.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:23 AM in reply to boater#2
      Let's see, how long has the jetty been there? How many accidents like this have there been? How many boats have traveled in and out of the inlet since construction with no incident? Typical knee-jerk reaction because of one person not paying attention and folks want to light it up like the Walmart parking lot.
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        by licensed captain on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:53 AM in reply to
        sir your statement is moronic...i bet you live in a walmart parking lot and are just not a happy person.i would expect that statement from a politican,probably a republican...figures
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        by boater on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to
        The inlet has lit markers but still needs lights or at least reflectors at the start of the Jetties. many times I have run this inlet with outgoing tide and a wind rip , even the channel markers will disapear in 12ft waves. The entrance is at the 30ft countour so even a simple thing like a depth sounder does not help in the situation. 1/2 half of the north jetty is submerged completely at high tide.
  • by boater on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    CG needs to put becon lights indicating the end of the Jetties. The combination of dark rocks and backlights of the town create a dangerous situation running the inlet at night.
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      by Dwight on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to boater
      They do it's called an inlet bouy.
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        by licensed captain on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to Dwight
        dwight,from your statement,it is evident you don't know what your talking about and muchless ever been thru masonboro inlet at night,with no moon...it is dangerous and marker beacons on the ends of the jetty would save accidents.
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          by toms on Nov 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to licensed captain
          Agreed. Been through there many times, at night, no moon or counter lighting to the backdrop of the city/beach lights. It's near impossible to see the channel buoy unless you are lined up perfectly w/the channel alignment, much less approaching at an angle.
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          by licensed captain on Nov 23, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to licensed captain
          tom thats what i saw...agree with you 100 percent..air on safety's side.
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          by Anon-a-mouse on Nov 23, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to licensed captain
          I've not entered Masonboro before but looking at the chart all you have is a buoy marking the approach. Ouch! I sure wouldn't want to enter that entrance at night unless I had a solid knowledge of the bottom plus the assistance of GPS, chart plotter, RADAR and a depth sounder. Even then I'd only do it in good weather and at a slow speed. The news article doesn't indicate what tools the boater had on board, but without the right tools his chances of making a safe entry at night were pretty slim. Not sure what the circumstances were that caused this poor fellow to decide to return in the dark. But not getting himself in a situation where he had to return in the dark was the single most important thing he could have done that would have prevented this tragedy from happening.
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