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DC Police Boat Crashes Into boat in Georgetown, DC

5:54 PM, Sep 1, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Harbor Police crashed into two boats docked at Washington Harbor in Georgetown Saturday night.

Police aren't talking about it, but witnesses say police were responding to a call when the crash happened.

On video, lights and sirens were on when a D.C. Harbor Police boat slammed into two boats, including the one that Shawn Kuykendall had docked at Georgetown's Washington Harbor Saturday night.

Kuykendall told us, "No pun intended, but immediately my heart sank."

Kuykendall took several of his friends to watch the Virginia Tech game at Tony and Joe's. They were in the restaurant when the crash happened.

"Someone came and said 'a boat's been hit, this is crazy.' "We went to check it out thinking, 'let's hope it's not my boat' and we saw 100 people crowded around where our boat was. The boat was on its side, hanging, its whole left side submerged, and the boat's gone and done," said Kuykendall.

There were efforts to save the boat, but the water poured in the huge gash created by the collision and the boat sank.

Witnesses say Harbor Police left so quickly because they were responding to a distress call of people in the water.

One witness said, "He did a full throttle and couldn't control it and crashed."

Kuykendall says witnesses were telling him, "One backed up, the other did a 'Baywatch' move and seemingly for show."

In cell phone video, you can hear the officer on the boat involved in the crash ask one of the boat owners, "Are you injured?' OK, then relax."

Metropolitan Police are not confirming if they were responding to an emergency but they do say they are investigating the circumstances of what led up to the accident.

What was worse for Kuykendall is that he was borrowing the boat from the Saunders family to take his friends out.

"It's not the call you want to make: 'sorry, your boat is sinking,'" shared Kuykendall.

As for the boat owner, Sheri Saunders, she told us, "It's not his fault. We're glad he wasn't on it."

Crews spent hours on Sunday to raise the boat and tow it away.

No one was on the two boats when police crashed into them.

Saunders added, "It's okay. No one was hurt. It's a boat, not a person. Accidents happen, people do stupid things. I'm sure they'll take care of it and make it right."

The U.S. Coast Guard is also investigating the crash.

 

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