Watch as runaway dinghy spins out of control
A man was tossed from his dinghy near Fisherman’s Channel off the Miami Coast. Not wearing a kill cord, the vessel then spun furiously in circles, according to the Miami Herald.
The Coast Guard reported that a good Samaritan rescued the man from the water at about 6pm on Monday. The boat was still running when rescue crews arrived and were able to stop it by entangling the propeller.
“As of April 1, vessels 26 feet and under are required to have an engine cut-off switch, and operators are required to wear the lanyard to stop accidents such as this one,” said Petty Officer First Class Andrew Sanchez, command duty officer, in a news release. “The operator is fortunate the situation was not worse.”
#Breaking #Watch @USCG, @MiamiDadeFire, #GoodSamaritan rescued 1 & stopped runaway boat near Fishermans Channel. The operator sustained minor injuries; declined medical assistance. New engine cut-off switch laws started April 1! Read more: https://t.co/HIsn43WWsA #BoatSafe #SAR pic.twitter.com/Lz2RkdkCEL— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) April 13, 2021