WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) - The boating equivalent of hitting a parked car, a boat slams into another at the dock and a police officer is apparently to blame.
A Washington, DC harbor patrol boat slammed into two docked boats as it took off, siren wailing. Witnesses say it was answering a distress call of people in the water. Turns out the now-sinking boat was on loan.
It's a holiday weekend. You borrow a boat. You dock it. You're hanging out at a dockside restaurant with friends. What could possibly go wrong?
Shawn Kuykendall found out the hard way. "...and somebody came in and said a boat's been hit and you walk out, and the crowd, 100 people or so, crowded round where the boat was and the left side completely submerged."
Time to let the owner know there's a giant hole in your boat. "Kind of not the phone call you want to make," said Shawn.
However, owner Shari Saunders took it really well. "It's not his fault. I'm glad he wasn't on it. I'm glad he's not hurt."
There's even cell phone video of one of the officers aboard the police boat that caused the accident telling the owner to relax,
Officer: "Are you injured? Is this an emergency? Then, relax."
Can't imagine being more relaxed than Shari. "Accidents happen. People do stupid things. I'm sure they'll take care of it and make things right."
Police say they're investigating, but this isn't exactly Watergate.
At least, Shawn had a sense of humor about it. "No pun intended, my heart sank."