A fisherman who jumped ship into the water to dodge a speeding motorboat has filed a $372,500 lawsuit, alleging the other driver was distracted by his cellphone just before the dramatic crash caught on video, reports the NY Post.
A GoPro camera mounted to the 20-foot fishing boat captured the chaos in the seconds before a 31-foot motorboat crashes into the smaller, stationary vessel. Two passengers on the boat frantically wave their arms and scream “Hey!” in a desperate attempt to get the driver’s attention. “Oh my God,” another passenger screams just before the trio leaps into the chilly water.
Deputies in Clatsop County and the US Coast Guard responded to the crash in the Columbia River near Tansy Point and found significant damage to the fishing boat. The three passengers managed to jump from the fishing boat just before the crash and were later treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, deputies said, and the driver of the speeding boat was cited for reckless operation, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of fourth-degree assault. The driver denies being on his cell phone, claiming that is ‘fake news’.