A lawsuit has been filed by 47-year-old Bryan Maess after a boat crashed into his fishing boat, nearly killing him as well as Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham. GoPro cameras mounted on the Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine team’s boat captured the frightening scene from August of 2017.
The video was only released this week because of the lawsuit and has since gone viral.
Maess is suing Marlin Lee Larson, the 75-year-old who was driving the boat, for $372,000. Larsen said he was sitting down while piloting the boat and couldn’t see the small fishing vessel because the dash blocked his view. I’m no legal analyst, but that’s probably not a good defense. Larson’s son-in-law, who was on the boat at the time, said he warned Marlin to pay attention. The son-in-law told authorities that Larsen sometimes uses his cellphone while driving the boat.
The lawsuit claims that Maess injured his ankle, leg, and arm from being struck by debris after jumping into the water to avoid the crash. Maess also says he now suffers from vision problems and headaches from the scary incident.