Friday, October 7, 2016

WWNY:Boat Saga Leaves Questions Unanswered

   By prefacing a name with the words "Iraq war vet" it creates a sympathetic story great for TV,, and the people who have helped Andy Bunn are to be lauded.
   However, there are a boatload of questions about the case of the sailboat grounded on Cherry Island near Chaumont since August.
Photo :WWNY TV
   This is private property neighbors say is owned by Dr. Toby Cosgrove of Cleveland Clinic fame. Why didn't authorities investigate this accident and see if there was environmental damage or at least notify the owner ? 
     Who is the purported owner of the boat and where did the craft come from ? The line about this being an affordable place to live begs the question of why a chronically unemployed vet could or would buy something that looks fairly expensive.
       How long was it moored in the bay and who is it titled to.
       If the man is troubled and needs help, he should get it, but just the scant facts I've seen in this story makes you wonder about the rest of the story.
http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Stranded-Vets-Boat-Refloated-396169791.html

11 comments:

dajeep said...

A Go Fund Me page. Who woulda thunk it. Hey bud, need cash? Sell the boat.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't authorities investigate, you ask? Well, because we only spend a bazillion dollars on sheriff's boats and coast guard boats and DEC boats and bazillions more on their pay, vacation, equipment, training, sick time, overtime, managing them and giving them a spot to put their desks and paperwork.

Those bazillions don't grow on trees, and there is no revenue in actually helping someone. The money is in giving out tickets.

So is that what you want? To give the guy some tickets? Maybe a fine to Bach for moving rock without getting a permit? Because that is the only thing the authorities are good for.

Anonymous said...

Just put 'Veteran' in from of the story is supposed to create the image of some some down on his luck fellow who was duped into government service. Then you'll have the people who think the government or the VA or someone should have to pay for every little inconvenience the vet faces for the rest of his life, whether it's service connected or self inflicted.

People will set up a GoFundMe page for anything, 'charitable' or not. It's like getting a Government bailout, except you're able to fleece your fellow taxpayers directly instead of through some shadow agency.

Of course, the guy's been stuck there for almost 2 months. It obviously wasn't an issue he was in a hurry to fix until these first chilly nights. Procrastination at it's finest.

Anonymous said...

How do you know it wasn't investigated by authorities?If there was no damage to the boat,and apparently it was refloated without a problem,what exactly do you want them to do?It is up to the boat owner and his insurance company to have it removed,not the coast guard or sheriff's.

Anonymous said...

These are good questions, and great posts.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 10:44 is on it. Those sheriffs and coast guard are not there to help people, they are there to give tickets for not having a whistle or a life jacket or {gasp} drinking a beer on your boat on a nice summer day. They are there to save us from ourselves. Those of who do not need saving that is. And they are there to drive by this stranded boat and leave it for the insurance company and owner. Good post 10:44, You guys would make good fire queens.

Anonymous said...

Private land ends at the high water line.
And a sailboat isn't all that expensive and many people live on very economically.

And 8:11 AM, you forgot the Troopers, State Park Police and border patrol.

Anonymous said...

What the hell are you talking about 315? Did the guy get a ticket?Did they save him from himself? Sorry dummy,but cops don't tow vehicles from wreck scenes,either on water or land.They do help when they can,pushing vehicles out of the way,but a boat up on a rock ledge is a little beyond them.Your hatred of civil servants is really beyond the pale.Sorry you couldn't muster through the tests,Barty..

Anonymous said...

That's the trouble today everyone wants to call the police for every little thing, leave them be they have coffee to drink and donuts to eat..

Anonymous said...

Maybe private property rights end at the high-tide water line but why the hell do I pay taxes based area of land 20-odd feet out in the water in Cape Vincent village then ?

Anonymous said...

Yeah,you must be right 826,just like you must be right about everything,it is your defining characteristic.Four officers were murdered in the line of duty in the last seventy two hours,I hope they got their coffee before they were shot.That cup of coffee that you seem to begrudge them so much.