Watch: Terrifying moment speedboat crashes into small fishing boat and sending fishermen overboard

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

This is is the terrifying moment a group of fishermen desperately jumped overboard when a speedboat came hurtling towards their boat.

Shocking footage caught on a GoPro camera shows Bryan Maess, Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham casually fishing when the speedboat comes rushing towards them.

The trio wave their hands to try and get the boat to stop or swerve out of the way, with one passenger screaming “Oh my God”.

The passengers leapt to safety as the speedboat hurtled towards the small fishing boat (Grab)
The passengers tried to wave at the oncoming speedboat to get it to move out of the way (Grab)

Realising a crash was inevitable, they all end up jumping into the icy waters of the Columbia River in Oregon.

Seconds later, the speedboat crashes into the 20-foot fishing boat, causing it serious damage.

Maess, 47, an off-duty police officer in Hermiston and part-time salmon fisherman, says he suffered injuries to his ankle, leg and arm during the incident, while McMahon, 46, and Durham, 57, also suffered injuries.


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Marlin Lee Larsen, 75, who was driving the speedboat, uses a motorised scooter on land and told investigators he crashed because he was unable to see the other boat from his sitting position.

However, one of Maess’ passengers claims he saw Larsen using his mobile phone while driving the speedboat – something he denies.

Maess is now suing Larsen for £268,000, claiming he has been left with vision problems and a knee brace six months after the accident.

The speedboat ploughed into the fishing boat at full speed (Grab)
Both boats suffered serious damage (Hermiston Police Department)

Larsen has been charged with reckless operation, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of fourth-degree assault.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.