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Old 06-10-2019, 07:44 AM   #1
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The Accident - Texas City Dike Area

First and foremost, Prayers for the family and friends of Officer Reed.


He fell overboard when his boat was hit by a large wake from a passing vessel, officials said Friday. After his wife, who was also aboard the fishing boat and was not injured, called 911,



I have no experience at TCD. I do know that traveling south down the channel, you can see large breaking waves north of TCD that are part of

a passing ship wake. They are also at redfish island and todds dump area.


Can anyone provide experiences around TCD and ship wake.





I have a float on my anchor rope, I have several times had to throw it off and run from or reposition for one of these rouge breaking waves in 5-7 feet of water then return to get float at redfish rocks and the spoil islands
5 miles east Seabrook.

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Old 06-10-2019, 07:47 AM   #2
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Horrible loss for our community. Chris was a great person and great customer. He was also a great asset to CCID and will truly be missed. RIP Mr. Reed


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Old 06-10-2019, 08:13 AM   #3
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First and foremost, Prayers for the family and friends of Officer Reed.


He fell overboard when his boat was hit by a large wake from a passing vessel, officials said Friday. After his wife, who was also aboard the fishing boat and was not injured, called 911,



I have no experience at TCD. I do know that traveling south down the channel, you can see large breaking waves north of TCD that are part of

a passing ship wake. They are also at redfish island and todds dump area.


Can anyone provide experiences around TCD and ship wake.





I have a float on my anchor rope, I have several times had to throw it off and run from or reposition for one of these rouge breaking waves in 5-7 feet of water then return to get float at redfish rocks and the spoil islands
5 miles east Seabrook.

Ive seen some big wakes coming from large loaded tankers in the ship channel. We usually would pull up anchor, fasten the kill switch, and idle into the wave.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:25 AM   #4
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First off, prayers go out to all affected.

As to the TCD, the flat on the channel side of the dike, pushes ships' wakes up to surprising heights. If caught unaware, I think we all are now aware of the possible ramifications. In the 80s, we used to sail catamarans out there (along with a hundred or so others) and a lot of sailors would look for those wakes and try to "surf-sail" them. I was pitch-poled once trying it.

As to wearing a PFD on a boat that is on anchor or drifting, that is pretty rare, no matter what anyone would say. Very unfortunate accident.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:27 PM   #5
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Sad for the loss to our community and his family.

South of Redfish Island is an old reef that's like 3' deep under the water. I watched as a barge that was parked there on the side had waves wash 1/2 way up the height of the tug.
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