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I think the ferry going hard reverse at the last second saved the smaller boat. If you notice the prop thrust wash created by the ferry pushed the other boat away, saving it from a hard collision!I can't believe the smaller boat wasn't crushed like a beer can run over by a steam roller.
No way! There is about 20 (long) seconds from the time the ferry first blows the horn til the impact. That recreational vessel had more than enough time to stop, slow down or change course. It's too bad, but seems like he has not suffered any catastrophic damage.It appears to me the Ferry had plenty of Time to avoid the incident and should have, in good conscience hit the reverse thrusters a lot sooner than they did. Just because you have the right of way doesn't mean you own the water. I think it's pretty clear early on in the video that the smaller boat was not responding and the prudent thing to do is yield and avoid. At the impact point you finally see the turbulence of the reverse thrust. Yes it probably cost a bundle in diesel to throw that ferry in reverse but it could have avoided an obviously bad situation. Just my opinion, and we know what people say about opinions.
I'm not disagreeing. Yes the recreational vessel had more than enough time to stop. I'm merely saying in those "20 long seconds" the ferry, which was clearly aware the small boat was not responding to their horn, might have done more to avoid the incident. And your reference to the big barges that will "gladly run you over" perhaps that is bigger problem that should be addressed. All I'm saying is, ya the guy in the small vessel is an ass, obviously not to swift if he allowed that to happen. But if he had a heart attack, seizure etc why is it such a reach that the ferry driver make safety the priority over "right of way". Now I could be all wet, and it took all that time "20 long seconds" just to get that massive ferry shifted into reverse and the ferry driver should be commended for his efforts to minimize the damage. It just didn't look like that to me.No way! There is about 20 (long) seconds from the time the ferry first blows the horn til the impact. That recreational vessel had more than enough time to stop, slow down or change course. It's too bad, but seems like he has not suffered any catastrophic damage.