Category Archives: Drunk Boating

Drunk boating is illegal and can result in serious personal injury to innocent boaters and passengers.

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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Did Speed and Alcohol Cause a Fatal Michigan Boat Accident?

According to the Macomb Daily, alcohol and speed are being investigated in connection to a fatal recreational boat accident that took place on September 12 on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. The accident reportedly involved two boats that collided, resulting in the drowning death of a 43-year-old female passenger aboard one vessel. The incident took place about one mile north of MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township. An official with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that the operator of one of the boats might have been drinking prior to the collision. A passenger aboard the vessel told investigators that the man went out to dinner prior to the incident and was seen drinking. Detectives reportedly obtained a warrant immediately after the incident for a blood draw to determine the amount of alcohol in his system. Additionally, some fiehrman in the water at the time of the crash told officials that one…
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Surgeon Charged in Drunk Boating Accident

WFMJ-TV reported recently that a surgeon in Ohio was charged in connection to a fatal boat accident on Berlin Lake. According to the news outlet, Dr. Joseph Yurich has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence. Since his arrest, he has been free on a $25,000 bond. Investigators say that Yurich was one of the operators of 17-foot Bayliner powerboat that collided with a fishing boat on Berlin Lake in May. The accident killed a 58-year-old man. Prosecutors say that Yurich was operating the boat under the influence of alcohol and that he left the scene of the collision. Yurich is expected to appear in court later this fall to address the charges. Never Leave the Scene of a Recreational Boating Accident As this case shows, you should never leave the scene of a boating accident. The failure to…
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