On average, alcohol use is a factor in almost a third of all recreational boating fatalities in the U.S., according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Thankfully, a recreational boating accident that occurred in Boston Harbor in late September did not result in any fatalities. Still, it did leave a vessel sunk in the harbor and six people injured, according to WSBK-TV.
The incident took place at around 7 p.m. on a Saturday. As the vessel was traveling through the harbor, it struck a rock. The collision, which happened between the Long Island Bridge and Spectacle Island, sent the boat operator and five passengers flying into the front of the 50-foot Sea Ray and caused the vessel to sink.
The boat operator and the five passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. The driver is alleged to have been drinking prior to the wreck and was arrested for boating under the influence (BUI) following the incident.
Do I Need a Maritime Trial Lawyer?
As maritime trial lawyer David Anderson explains in the video below, while you may not always need a maritime attorney after a boating accident, you should always discuss your situation with a lawyer following such an incident. An attorney can explain to you what your rights and options are under the law so you can make the best decision for you and your family.
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