Those waters are too congested for my liking and there are too many no wake zones. Same goes for Crescent Lake to a lesser extent.
By the way, ferry is the wrong word to describe a 30 foot pontoon boat, and that is what they use for water shuttles that serve DTD.
So, if it was a small boat, it was a Sea Raycer. And we all know how often I rent Sea Raycers and ride the wakes of the big launches and ferries on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake and I’ve never come close to a collision, even in the canal between SSL and Bay Lake with a large launch coming in both directions. That said, this couple must have not been paying attention to where they were.
I saw this comment attached to the article:
April 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Where are all the Disney bashers? Sleeping? The 6PM news reported the husband and wife were not watching what they were doing.
I do feel bad for this couple. They got themselves seriously injured a long way from home. But I’m guessing they forgot they were in a real boat and not on a guideway controlled ride.
Edit: I also have to wonder how fast they were going. The narrow waterways are all no wake zones, partly to preserve the shoreline from erosion. So if it was so narrow that they got themselves in front of a pontoon boat, it was probably also a speed limited area.
Disney’s boat captains are a lot more cautious than the bus drivers because they are all trained to know boats don’t have brakes so you can’t just stop, or even turn out of the way quickly.