When we head out on a boat, we must always remember that we share the water with other boaters.

Many boaters seem to think that regular rules no longer apply the moment they leave the dock. The regular rules do still apply: be safe, be courteous, be aware. Common sense should never get left on land. And if you foolishly forget every other rule, remember that drinking while operating a boat is incredibly stupid, and can lead to horrific accidents.

Six retirees were enjoying a peaceful ride on a pleasure boat in Michigan, when their craft was struck by a speedboat near Harsens Island, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit.

A speedboat ran into and over a cabin cruiser earlier this month, killing 57-year-old Robert Koontz of Macomb County’s Chesterfield Township and 68-year-old Nancy Axford of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Three other people aboard the cabin cruiser were taken to the hospital, including a 62-year-old woman in critical condition.

No one in the speedboat was hurt, and Michigan police arrested the 32-year-old driver, who they say was intoxicated when the tragedy occurred.

Who Can I Call If a Drunk Boater Injured Me?

There is absolutely no excuse for boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most people would never crack open a cold one while driving down the highway, and yet for many people, doing so while driving a boat seems like a normal thing to do.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident caused by a drunk boater, your family has rights. Call us right away—with over 50 years of experience, our staff deeply understands maritime law and can help you through a challenging situation.

Latti & Anderson LLP – Nationwide Maritime Attorneys

Source: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/08/03/4-hospitalized-after-boating-accident-in-lake-st-clair/