Caught on camera: Dramatic boat crash leads to lawsuit in Clatsop County

A fisherman who was caught on camera jumping ship into the Columbia River to avoid being struck by an oncoming motorboat is suing the other driver

A frightening boat crash caught on camera has now led to a lawsuit.

It looked like a terrifying moment for Bryan Maess, a Hermiston, Oregon police officer who was salmon fishing with two friends on the Columbia River past year when disaster struck.

The driver of the motor boat, Marlin Lee Larsen, 75, told investigators he was unable to see the people fishing because he was sitting down while driving, according to reports.

In a phone call with The Oregonian/Oregon Live, Larsen denied using his phone on the boat the day of the accident. Maess and his two passengers, Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham, managed to jump from the fishing boat just before the crash and were later treated for non-life-threatening injuries, .

A lawsuit has been filed over a boat crash in OR past year which saw those on board the smaller vessel forced to leap into the water for safety.

Mr Maess has filed a $372,500 (£270k) lawsuit against the driver of the boat, who told police he could not see the fishing party as the dash of his boat was blocking his view, The Oregonian reports. He admitted that he probably should've been standing while driving the motorboat.

Although Oregon law heavily restricts cell phone use while driving, there are no such specific laws governing boating.

The crash happened last August on the Columbia River and a lawsuit has now stemmed from the incident.

Larsen said that the assertion was "fake news". More than five months after the crash, Maess, who is a police officer, continues to suffer vision problems, headaches and injuries to his ankle, leg and arm, according to the suit.

Larsen has pleaded not guilty to reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault, and recklessly endangering the lives of others.

Durham also reportedly suffered psychological trauma and has not been able to go back out on a boat since.

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