Category Archives: Recreational Boating Accidents

Recreational boating accidents result in serious personal injury and death to innocent victims.

Why Was This Boater Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison?

A judge sentenced a woman to seven years in prison last month for a boating accident that happened in December of 2013. That day, the boater and her boyfriend were drinking and enjoying the weather when she drove her 18-foot boat into a piling underneath the Old Griffin Road Bridge in Dania Beach, Florida. A surveillance video taken from a home in a nearby neighborhood showed how the drunk boater tied the boat down to a nearby dock after the crash and failed to flag down another boat for helped when it passed by. She then wandered around through a yard in the neighborhood and again failed to ask any of the residents for help. She was also shown drinking from what looks like a bottle and tossing the container off the boat before she finally called emergency services for help, almost 30 minutes after the crash. During her call to…
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How Did These Boaters Die on an Alabama Lake?

Last year, two passengers on a pontoon boat lost their lives when they were struck by another vessel in the northwest Alabama area. The pontoon boat passengers had been taken out late that night for stargazing when a barge being pushed by towboats was heading downstream. The pontoon boat stalled and the barge smashed into it. All eight of the passengers were flung off the pontoon boat. However, only six resurfaced. According to the report, the tugboat was pushing several barges east towards the dam. As many as eight law enforcement and recovery agencies from multiple counties became involved with the search and rescue. The bodies were found three hours later, close to where the accident occurred. Investigators did not release any information regarding whether the pontoon passengers were wearing life jackets or what caused the accident. Nighttime Boating Can Be Very Dangerous If Precautions Aren’t Taken In this accident,…
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Baltimore Man Indicted for Fatal Boat Accident

CBS News Baltimore reports that a man has been charged in connection to a boat accident that occurred over the summer that left two women dead. The accident occurred when a recreational boat slammed into a pillar at the Key Bridge. The crash allegedly injured six passengers, in addition to killing the two women aboard. The man who was operating the boat was charged with manslaughter by vessel, homicide by vessel while under the influence of alcohol, homicide by vessel while impaired by alcohol, homicide by vessel while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance and homicide by vessel while impaired by drugs. Following his arrest, he was released on $25,000 bond. The vessel involved in the incident was a 37-foot Sea Ray Sundancer. We blogged about the accident this August. What to Do Following a Drunk Boating Accident Boat operators have a duty to make sure passengers on vessels are…
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