Three Killed in Destin Boating Accident, Cause of Accident Under Investigation

Investigators are inspecting the wreckage and motor of a boat that was involved in an accident under the Mid-Bay Bridge that killed three people on December 5, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Three people were on board a recreational boat when the operator hit a piling under the Mid-Bay Bridge, and there were apparently no witnesses to the accident. A search team found the piling under the bridge and evidence of a boating accident. The three bodies were discovered throughout the days following the accident.

A marine salvage company is conducting an investigation into the wreckage and the motor of the boat this week to attempt to find some answers about the accident.

Recreational boating accidents are a main cause of maritime injuries in the U.S., and accidents on watercrafts can cause catastrophic injuries, sometimes even fatal. According to the U.S. Coast guard, 4,515 recreational boating accidents involving 651 deaths and 3,000 injuries occurred in the U.S. in 2012. Almost 71 percent of these fatal boating accident victims drowned, and operator inattention ranked as the top contributing factor to these accidents.

If you are injured in a boating accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation under general maritime law.

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