Bryan Maess, the owner of the fishing boat involved in the incident which took place on the 12th of August 2017, has filed a lawsuit against speeding motorboat owner Marlin Lee Larsen. The fishermen and two of his friends barely managed to escape Larsen’s motorboat by jumping in the ice-cold river.
Speeding Motorboat Incident Caught on Camera
According to the Maess’s account, on the 12th of August 2017, he and a couple of his buddies were out fishing in the man’s 20-foot fishing boat, in an area located between the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.
Before going out, Maess mounted a GoPro camera on his ship in order to record the experience. Several minutes later, the GoPro camera captures Marvin Lee Larsen’s motorboat speeding towards Maess’s fishing boat.
At one point during the recording, you can hear Maess and his friends screaming to the motorboats owner, but to no avail. In order to save their lives, Maess and the boat’s occupants had to leap in the ice-cold river.
The last minutes of the recording show Larsen’s speeding motorboat plowing the fishing boat. Following the incident, the authorities transported Maess and his friends to the hospital where they’ve received medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries.
Larsen, the owner of the speeding motorboat, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless operation, and fourth-degree assault.
According to the authorities, Larsen’s son-in-law, who was also on the boat when the incident occurred, declared that he saw the man talking on the phone several times during that day. Larsen later dismissed the allegations but offered no explanations as to why he lost control of the vessel.
Maess has filed a lawsuit against Larsen and demanded $372,500 in compensation. Moreover, the fishing boat’s occupants are also expected to file lawsuits against Larsen.
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