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Windsurfer Hits Hagadone Cruise Boat

Kootenai County Sheriff's Marine Deputies and medical personnel responded to the area of Independence Point on Lake Coeur d' Alene Friday afternoon regarding an injury boating accident involving a small sailboard and Coeur d' Alene Cruise boat "Osprey". The initial investigation revealed Daniel S. Mayer 44, from Spokane Washington was operating his sailboard about 300 feet west of the Coeur d' Alene Boardwalk and very close to the "Osprey" cruise boat. Witnesses on board the Osprey and other vessels reported seeing Mayer operating in close proximity to the Osprey and seemed to be attempting to either pass the large cruise boat or cut in front of hit. The "Osprey" was being operated by Captain Carol J. Parker 49 of Rathdrum and the vessel had ninety-eight passengers on board/Mike Perry, KHQ. More here. Original Scanner Traffic report here.

Question: Is the Coeur d'Alene waterfront too crowded with activity, inviting accidents and maybe tragedy?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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