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Updated: 05/02/2014 08:00:01AM

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Bill Hempel

By Bill Hempel

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For the second time in six months we have had a two-boat collision. Unfortunately, the latest one resulted in a fatality. On the surface — no pun intended — one would wonder how a collision can occur. After all, each boat had a captain. How could they not see each other?

In reality, a captain has many distractions. If he was fishing, he may be looking for tailing fish. If he was seeking a location, he may be scanning the shoreline for a landmark, With friends and crew aboard, he may be engaged in conversation. Fact is, collisions occur because the captain is not alert and paying attention to what is in front of him.

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