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(USA Today)   When starting a fund for a memorial lighthouse, it might be a good idea to learn what lighthouses do first   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2013-08-08 01:08:54 PM  
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So, they think it's a big floodlamp? Or like streetlights?
 
2013-08-08 01:16:15 PM  
Job description: stand on rocky shores and keep the beaches shipwreck-free.
 
2013-08-08 01:17:51 PM  
"Nobody saw that barge," Stewart's mother, Carol Stewart-Kosik, told The Journal News Tuesday. "If this could cast a light or shadow on the river, maybe it will not just memorialize them but save other lives, so that they didn't die in vain in the dark."


Wow, these people just need some sort of beacon to guide them through this, don't they.
 
2013-08-08 01:20:45 PM  
"Nobody saw that barge," Stewart's mother, Carol Stewart-Kosik, told The Journal News Tuesday. "If this could cast a light or shadow on the river, maybe it will not just memorialize them but save other lives, so that they didn't die in vain in the dark."

So you want to put a light at the marina from which hundreds of boats, including the one your daughter was on, have had no trouble departing safely.
 
2013-08-08 01:20:49 PM  
Nope they just need a barge to get them through this.

(what they should be pushing for is legislation requiring barges to have lights on them so they're visible.  Not that that would have mattered since bride and first man were probably drunk)
 
2013-08-08 01:23:06 PM  
Hey look it that old timey light house.
Umm whats that over there?
HU?
CRUNCH
 
2013-08-08 01:26:00 PM  

Kyosuke: "Nobody saw that barge," Stewart's mother, Carol Stewart-Kosik, told The Journal News Tuesday. "If this could cast a light or shadow on the river, maybe it will not just memorialize them but save other lives, so that they didn't die in vain in the dark."

Wow, these people just need some sort of beacon to guide them through this, don't they.


heh.  Let me have the aisle seat and I'll give you the pretzels.
(brought my own)
 
2013-08-08 01:26:16 PM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Job description: stand on rocky shores and keep the beaches shipwreck-free.


while I respect that a lot, I'd be fired if that was my job, after killing Jason off and countless screaming Argonauts.
 
2013-08-08 01:28:18 PM  
So the wedding's off?
 
2013-08-08 01:30:13 PM  
They light up. What the hell else would they do?

www.longislandphotoblog.com
 
2013-08-08 01:30:18 PM  

theresnothinglft: Nope they just need a barge to get them through this.

(what they should be pushing for is legislation requiring barges to have lights on them so they're visible.  Not that that would have mattered since bride and first man were probably drunk)


The reports after the accident indicated that the barge did have lights. When a boat strikes a stationary object, it's the boat driver's fault. The family is upset because "there has been a rush to blame the skipper" before the blood tests come back. But the blood tests aren't needed. It is his fault.
 
2013-08-08 01:31:37 PM  

theresnothinglft: Nope they just need a barge to get them through this.

(what they should be pushing for is legislation requiring barges to have lights on them so they're visible.  Not that that would have mattered since bride and first man were probably drunk)


The speed limit around there is what, 5-10mph? I bet they were going a lot quicker than that too.
 
2013-08-08 01:34:19 PM  

Maneck: theresnothinglft: Nope they just need a barge to get them through this.

(what they should be pushing for is legislation requiring barges to have lights on them so they're visible.  Not that that would have mattered since bride and first man were probably drunk)

The reports after the accident indicated that the barge did have lights. When a boat strikes a stationary object, it's the boat driver's fault. The family is upset because "there has been a rush to blame the skipper" before the blood tests come back. But the blood tests aren't needed. It is his fault.


So much this. I'm gonna go out on a limb and hypothesize they saw the fore/aft lights, didn't realize there was something in between and oops.
 
2013-08-08 01:38:26 PM  

Tom Stewart killed me! Tom Stewart killed me!

 
2013-08-08 01:49:59 PM  
"There were five other drunk people on that boat that didn't see the barge," Raymond Lennon said. "That's enough indication of how this accident came about."
 
2013-08-08 01:56:47 PM  
To be fair, a real lighthouse would throw bright beams of light across the water at regular intervals, temporarily illuminating objects on the water.

It would also be ugly, distracting and more than a little creepy.
 
2013-08-08 02:03:19 PM  
While not technically illegal to take a power boat out at night, it is foolhardy.  The consumption of alcohol while or before being on the boat, IS illegal.  (at least it is in my state)

In short, stupid people do stupid things and die for it.  News at 11.
 
2013-08-08 02:17:46 PM  
FTFA: "If this could cast a light or shadow on the river, maybe it will not just memorialize them but save other lives, so that they didn't die in vain in the dark."


That sounds pretty metal!  I'd pitch a couple of bucks towards a black hole casting lighthouse!
 
2013-08-08 02:19:41 PM  
"I am an aircraft carrier!"

"I am a lighthouse!"
 
2013-08-08 02:19:56 PM  

lostcat: To be fair, a real lighthouse would throw bright beams of light across the water at regular intervals, temporarily illuminating objects on the water.

It would also be ugly, distracting and more than a little creepy.


A properly functioning lighthouse would light up every home and business in the area at several-second intervals. They are BRIGHT. It would not help *anyone* on the water - the beam would pass over their heads.

FTA: Walter Kosik said, "The lighthouse is part of our healing process."

That is not the purpose of a lighthouse. Go plant a tree or something in their memory. Maybe donate to an organization that helps the orphans of drunk idiots who kill themselves in boating accidents.

I feel for these people on such a terrible loss, but they're making the same mistake a lot of other people make when someone dies: trying to make themselves feel better by raising money for some well-meaning but ultimately pointless project.
 
2013-08-08 02:21:38 PM  

Pawprint: "I am an aircraft carrier!"

"I am a lighthouse!"


Heh ... it never happened, but it's a great joke.

"I am a speedboat full of drunks!"

"Sir, I am a barge. Your call."
 
2013-08-08 02:23:42 PM  
Both families have hired lawyers and are considering litigation to determine what went wrong and possibly hold people responsible for the deaths

Because it's always someone else's fault

"There were five other people on that boat that didn't see the barge," Raymond Lennon said. "That's enough indication of how this accident came about."

I'm not aware that anyone other than the captain needs to be on the lookout.

I think they just need to face the fact that they're family members died and their friend, the captain, is responsible.
 
2013-08-08 02:26:41 PM  
Hmmmmm...late night boat ride and there are questions about whether alcohol was involved. I wonder.....
 
2013-08-08 02:40:31 PM  
So a flashlight could have saved them all.

But in fairness, maybe the barge should have had some lights on it or reflectors or something.
 
2013-08-08 03:31:40 PM  

Gilligann: Both families have hired lawyers and are considering litigation to determine what went wrong and possibly hold people responsible for the deaths

Because it's always someone else's fault


I am reminded of an article posted to Fark a couple years ago, about a woman whose toddler son crawled through the dog door, fell into the family pool and drowned.  She was suing the dog door manufacturer for not giving sufficient warning on the packaging that a child could get through a dog door.
 
2013-08-08 03:47:30 PM  

lostcat: To be fair, a real lighthouse would throw bright beams of light across the water at regular intervals, temporarily illuminating objects on the water.


No, it wouldn't. A lighthouse does not work like a streetlamp, illuminating objects so you can see them. It provides a visible beacon so you can orient your course. Think of it like the bright blinking light at the airport; the purpose is not to illuminate the runway or any hazards, it's so you can visually locate the airport from way up in the air. In the case of the lighthouse it usually marks a channel opening or a hazard.
A lighthouse may also be used in conjunction with other reference points to help you determine where you are, and the course you should take. On a river, lining up two fixed lights is one way to make sure you stay on a specific course.
If you want actual illumination of your path on the water, you use a floodlight mounted on the boat. This is still dangerous for small craft as wet, dark things  (and things floating in the water are quite often both) don't reflect very well and can be hard to see. Best bet - don't drive around at night in waters where you might hit something, and if you must, go slowly and keep a good lookout.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lighthouse is worth a look.
 
2013-08-08 03:48:34 PM  
THX 1138:So you want to put a light at the marina from which hundreds of boats, including the one your daughter was on, have had no trouble departing safely.

And change it into a marina which people can't return to safely because of the blinding light.
 
2013-08-08 05:38:19 PM  
Not sure about idiot'land NJ, but here the rule is if you don't get on a boat at night without flood lights. Adding alochol to that mix makes it that much more of a risk.

But hey, I'm sure the captain Shanghai'd them into getting on the boat. In no way should they be held responsible for not being smart enough to always have someone around who knows a bad idea from a good one.
 
2013-08-08 06:54:15 PM  
Windmills Lighthouses do not work that way!
 
2013-08-08 07:10:08 PM  
No reason in debating if a lighthouse would work or not, the 'lighthouse' this money will fund will probably be in these peoples bank accounts at the end of the day anyway. or snorted up their noses...
 
2013-08-09 06:38:19 AM  
Oh, if only there were some kind of regulations people could learn before they set off on the water so they knew what to look for....!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Regulations_for_Preventin g_ Collisions_at_Sea

//Yachtmaster!!
 
2013-08-09 11:11:29 AM  
The barge was anchored and has been in that location for months while they prepare for work on the Tappan Zee bridge.  It's not like a train that can jump out of the bushes and crush your car... the damned thing was stationary.   And there are gigantic cranes on the barges that are painted yellow.

http://o2.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/quality/82/resize/866x6 49 %5E/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/d8ca270a8244f53df594 f6c085bf0840

But ignore all of that and consider what would happen if you hit a floating half submerged tree that was washed into the Hudson.  No lights on trees...   Don't drink and boat and never go at high speed in the dark.
 
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