A charter fishing boat wound up sitting atop a sailboat it T-boned in a collision in Chesapeake Bay recently and the stunning photo begs the question, how can this happen?
None of the seven aboard the Chesapeake Bay Charter Services boat and neither of the two on the sailboat were injured, and the crash is still under investigation to determine who was at fault.
Michael Andorsky, the 74-year-old who was at the helm of the J/105 sailboat, told the Capital Gazette that he isn’t to blame while Chet Clough, owner of the fishing charter company, refused to comment on the ongoing investigation.
On a clear day in the bay on Aug. 17, Andorsky was sailing with a friend aboard a boat from the Chesapeake Boating Club in Eastport when he noticed a powerboat in the distance that appeared to be on a collision course.
Androsky said that he stayed the course since motorboats usually give right of way to a sailboat.
“I’m waving at the guy, yelling, and all of a sudden his boat was sitting on top of our boat,” he told the Capital Gazette.
Andorsky and his friend were in the stern. Had the fishing boat made a direct hit of the stern, he believes they would have been killed.
After the collision, the people in the charter boat were above them, looking down at them. They asked if everyone was OK.
“I was just thinking that this is ridiculous, but how lucky we both are to be able to talk about it,” he said.
At home, Andorsky let his wife get used to seeing him, looking perfectly unscathed, before telling her what happened.
“I was perfectly, 100 percent A-OK,” Andorsky added. “The question is, is it just a matter of dumb luck or something else? It’s like they say, the expression, there are no atheists in foxholes. When you have a near-miss … you wonder if there was somebody looking over you.”
Photo courtesy of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.