Last month, a 5-year-old boy and his father were on a frogging trip on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway when a towing barge got too close to their boat. The boy and his father jumped overboard to avoid the barge accident. The father resurfaced, but the boy was later found dead underneath the barge. What are … Continue reading What Caused This Fatal Barge Accident?
Tugboat and Barge Accidents
Keys, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties have been found to be the deadliest areas for boaters in Florida. Last year, Florida had 55 boating deaths, five of which occurred in Monroe County and just as many in Broward. While this was a decrease from the 73 deaths that occurred in 2014, the numbers are still … Continue reading Is South Florida the Deadliest Area in the State for Boaters?
The U.S. Coast Guard has some good news for summer boaters. According to the 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, the number of boating fatalities nationwide is 626, which is the third-lowest number on record. The report goes on to say the number of injuries caused by recreational boating accident injuries have decreased from 2,678 reported … Continue reading Are Recreational Boating Fatalities Decreasing?
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 … Continue reading How Did These Boaters Die on an Alabama Lake?
According to the Portland Press Herald, a diver died recently following a Portland Harbor accident in which he was struck by a spinning boat propeller. The news outlet reported that the victim died on October 7, as he was attempting to remove rope that was tangled on the propeller of a 65-foot fishing boat. As … Continue reading Portland Harbor Diver Struck by Propeller
If you operate a recreational boat or are a passenger, you should be aware that propellers offer great dangers to people who encounter them. We have blogged about many injury accidents involving people being struck by active boat propellers. In fact, earlier this year, a woman’s arm was amputated following a Boston boating accident in … Continue reading What are Dangers of Boat Propellers?
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