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Boating at night is extremely challenging


Of 62 accidents listed at Smith Mountain Lake since 2003, 14 occurred after dark.

By Mark Taylor

The Roanoke Times

MONETA - Ben Gardner craned his neck and looked intently ahead across the inky black surface of Smith Mountain Lake.

"There is some weird stuff up there and it makes me kind of nervous," said Gardner as he studied the mysterious cluster of lights ahead. A 64-year-old attorney from Martinsville, Gardner was sitting in the front seat of an 18-foot-long runabout Saturday night as the boat's driver cautiously made his way through the lake's winding channels.

When Gardner first started boating at Smith Mountain Lake more than 30 years ago, he was drawn to cruising after dark. It was cool. Quiet. Peaceful. Relaxing.

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is it just me or should this article be about the daytime accidents? if 14 of 62 accidents occur after dark that leaves 48 accidents that happend in broad daylight. Just wondering.9/5/2005 1:19:20 AM
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