Captain cited in boating accident

SANDUSKY The charter boat captain whose vessel crashed into a breakwall near Cedar Point earlier thi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The charter boat captain whose vessel crashed into a breakwall near Cedar Point earlier this month has been cited for the incident.

Three citations were filed Tuesday in Sandusky Municipal Court against Capt. Ted Bayer, 46, of Liberty Center.

Bayer was chartering his 33-foot 2006 Fountain Sportfish boat named BayerNecessities to a group of seven people, including Outdoor Channel celebrity Roger Raglin, when it crashed because of "operator inattention."

The captain was the only person on the boat to decline medical attention. Raglin, 52, his wife Darlene and two children were treated for injuries, as were John McDow of Findlay and James and Samuel Wiley, both of Athens, W.Va. John Wisse, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, said all the passengers have since been released from area hospitals.

According to reports, at about 10:30 p.m. July 17 the outdoors program host and others were returning to Battery Park Marina after a day of fishing and filming for an Outdoor Channel segment when the vessel cut through layers of low-level fog at 25 mph, crashing into the east side of the breakwall.

Bayer was cited for failure to keep a proper lookout, reckless operation and unsafe speed, according to John Johnston, lead investigator for the Sandusky post of the Division of Watercraft.

Bayer declined to comment Tuesday.

Bayer told officials he had been looking at his instrument gauges instead of keeping a proper lookout when the collision occurred, Wisse said.

Bayer operates Bayer Necessities Custom Charter Fishing out of Sandusky Bay and is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer licensed by U.S. Coast Guard, according to his company's Web site.

The bow of the boat caved in six inches after impact, and much of the three-quarter-inch fiberglass body was damaged, said Carl Wolf, vice president and general manager for Battery Park Marine Services, where Bayer docked his boat.