Raw: Depoe Bay boat slams into dock

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Raw: Depoe Bay boat slams into dock

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by Keely Chalmers

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kgw.com

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 14 at 8:34 AM

DEPOE BAY, Ore. – The captain of a fishing boat in Depoe Bay filmed from his boat as it was overtaken by a wave surge and nearly capsized Friday.

Surges in the area started around 9 a.m., and were fairly small and calm for the first few hours. But by 11, they became larger and more powerful.

As a wave surge tossed his boat up onto a dock, Roman Smolcic caught it all on video.

 “The water just picked the boat up and I had it tied to the dock,” Smolcic said. “It just  broke the cleats off the boat, snapped the lines and pushed it right into the pilings.”

Smolcic said  he was sure he would have to swim back to shore, but the boat managed to keep from sinking.

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