Fishermen dive into river just moments before dramatic motorboat crash
A salmon fisherman and his two friends were forced to dive headfirst into a river just moments before a motorboat plowed into theirs.
Bryan Maess, a Hermiston, Ore., police officer, was fishing near the mouth of the Columbia River with two friends on Aug. 12, 2017, when a GoPro camera captured the dramatic crash, according to Oregon Live.
A salmon fisherman who abandoned his ship in the Columbia River last summer — before another motorboat crashed into his — has filed a $372,500 lawsuit against the other driver.
Maess filed a $372,500 lawsuit against Marlin Lee Larsen, claiming the Bayliner Trophy driver was using a cell phone during the crash.
Maess claims the accident left him with headaches, vision problems and injuries to his knee, ankle and arm, while the two other passengers, Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham, suffered cuts and hypothermia.
Video footage shows McMahon desperately waving his arms at Larsen’s motorboat as it speeds directly toward them.
When it becomes clear that the Bayliner Trophy isn’t slowing down, Maess, McMahon, and Durham dive overboard just seconds before the crash.
The fisherman and his two pals leaped from this boat to avoid the crash.
(Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office)
Larsen’s son-in-law told investigators that he warned the 75-year-old to pay attention instead of using his cell phone, but the accused motorboat driver denied the claims as “fake news.”
Larsen has pleaded not guilty to reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault, and recklessly endangering the lives of others.