I was free diving (mask, fins and snorkel; no SCUBA) in Otsego Lake last Thursday evening, June 13, when I was run over by a motorboat moving at high speed.
No, I was not injured. I was frightened. I dug myself into the lake bottom to avoid injury.
A dive flag was clearly displayed, and I was within 70 feet of the Biological Field Station (BFS) boathouse dock. Clearly, the boater involved would have been devastated if blood had been left in the water. He seemed oblivious (as did his passenger) to the fact that he was violating at least three laws.
Each year, the BFS volunteer divers report boaters ignoring the red and white divers’-down flag and approaching the site of ongoing SCUBA diving. The volunteers have learned to keep one diver out of the water just to direct boaters away from the diving.
In New York State, motorboats must remain 100 feet away from the divers’-down flag, and motorboats must not create wake (must drive 5 mph or less) if within 100 feet of the shoreline or any human-created fixture in the lake.
As a deaf guy, I don’t attend many musical performances. They are largely exercises in frustration for me. Before my hearing loss, I appreciated music, and I still appreciate memories of music, but the reality is that the notes don’t resonate when you are missing enough frequencies.
I attended last night’s performance to acknowledge the support provided by the Fly Creek Philharmonic for the Otsego Lake Association. I enjoyed every minute of it. This was the second or third time I attended a Fly Creek Philharmonic performance. Knowing the visuals would be important and hoping that my lip-reading skills would help to understand the lyrics, I stood in the rear last night.
Clark Sports Center photographer Emily Kishbaugh, top, documents Cooperstown’s Nancy Potter’s completion of the Race the Lake Marathon Saturday, which started and ended at Glimmerglass State Park. While Nancy wasn’t in the top 10, local runners dominated the half-marathon results, claiming the top five spots: Nick Arnecke, Edmeston, first; Wayne Allen, Oneonta, second; Brett Fritts, Springfield Center, third; Andrew Rock, Cooperstown, fourth, and Kara Arnold, Cooperstown, fifth. Peter Buffington, Winter Springs, Fla., won the full marathon in 3:08:38, but Cooperstownian Todd Baum was second, finishing in 3:16:03. The Race the Lake again collaborated with OCCA, which held its Otsego Lake Fest at the Glimmerglass Pavilion. At right, Paul Lord, the SUNY Oneonta biology professor and Biological Field Station mainstay alerts passersby to the latest invasive scourge: Herbilla. It isn’t here yet, said Lord, but let’s be vigilant to keep it that way. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Volunteer Divers Pat McCormack, Lee Ferrara, Bjorn Eilertsen, and Sarah Coney deployed no-wake zone buoys (NWZBs) and retrieved the over-winter spar buoys this morning, according to Paul Lord, who oversees the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field State diving team.
All NWZBs are deployed except for the Four Mile Point East and Five Mile Point Buoys, Lord reported. The Five-Mile Point NWZB is entangled with the BFS monitoring equipment. A carefully planned dive will be executed to disentangle the two systems once lights are in hand, he said. The Four-Mile Point East NWZB is also awaiting a light.