Category Archives: Boating Accidents

UPDATE: Boating Accidents in the News

Drunk Boaters Beware In Manassas: Police

https://patch.com/virginia/manassas/drunk-boaters-beware-manassas-policeDid you know that boat operators with a blood alcohol content of .10 or higher are ten times more likely to die in a boating accident than sober operators?

Boats are meant for having fun, but when someone gets hurt or killed out on the water, the good …

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Army identifies soldier killed in Hawaii boat accident

https://www.armytimes.com/articles/army-identifies-soldier-killed-in-hawaii-boat-accidentWAIANAE, Hawaii
The Army has identified a Hawaii-based soldier killed when a fishing boat ran over him as Col. Kirk Slaughter.

The 9th Mission Support …

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Injury count in Hyannis ferry accident up to 13

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/06/17/injury-count-hyannis-ferry-accident/hBlBJZ8AYjRHh0rfk0DPhM/story.htmlPassengers whose injuries were more serious were removed by helicopter, while others were removed by boat.

All passengers were transported to shore by 3:40 a.m..

And by noon on Saturday, all patients had been treated and released, said Cape Cod …

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Survivor of boating accident in Aroostook Co. shares his story

https://www.wcsh6.com/news/survivor-of-boating-accident-in-aroostook-co-shares-his-story-says-friend-saved-his-life/449497426An Aroostook County man who survived a fishing boat accident between Square Lake and Eagle Lake in Aroostook County says he survived because of the …

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UPDATE: Bodies of father and son recovered in capsized boat accident

http://local15tv.com/news/local/body-recovered-in-capsized-boat-accidentChaplain Tony Dickey with Daphne Search and Rescue confirmed to Local 15 early this afternoon that 81-year-old Leo Scott’s body was recovered after a boat capsized Wednesday near Spanish River.

His son 60-year-old Frederick Scott’s body was found …

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Three Men Drowned after Boating Accident on Square Lake

https://wabi.tv/2017/06/15/three-men-drowned-after-boating-accident-on-square-lake/Three men presumably drowned after a boating accident on Square Lake in Aroostook County.

According to wardens, the group of four headed out on the water …

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Couple charged in boat accident that severely injured girl

http://www.1011now.com/content/news/Couple-charged-in-boat-accident-that-severely-injured-girl-428433533.htmlNORTH PLATTE, Nebraska
A man and woman have been charged in connection with a boating accident that severely injured a girl at Lake Maloney in western Nebraska. Court records say Doug Haney is charged with boating under the influence and two …

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Two killed in Havasu boat accident

https://kdminer.com/news/2017/jun/14/two-killed-havasu-boat-accident/At approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, several 911 calls were received by the Lake Havasu City Dispatch in reference to a boat crash that had occurred on Lake Havasu.

It was reported that a boat had flipped and there were several people in the water.

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UPDATE: Lots of Fatal Boating Accidents Still Happening

Manheim man missing after boating accident in Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/manheim-man-missing-after-boating-accident-in-pennsylvania-grand-canyon/article_a0bf42b6-34cf-11e7-9579-ff67a3d8fa56.htmlOfficials are searching for a Manheim man reported missing in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

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Man convicted in fatal Lake George boating crash

https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2017/05/man-convicted-in-fatal-lake-george-boating-crash/A Warren County jury found Alexander West, 25, guilty of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, boating while impaired by alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash.

The judge ordered him taken into custody without bail and set a June …

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Hinckley Man Arrested in Fatal Boating Accident That Killed Oswego Woman in 2016

https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/hinckley-man-arrested-in-fatal-boating-accident-that-killed-oswego/article_2bab2c6a-34a7-11e7-ac74-47d521c1c52d.htmlA DeKalb County man, who was wanted on a warrant in the BUI-related boating death of an Oswego woman, was arrested by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department on Friday.

Last week, 56-year-old Richard Young, of Hinckley was indicted by a Grundy …

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Near-death accident on Grand Rapids lake

https://www.kare11.com/news/near-death-accident-on-grand-rapids-lake/437980512GRAND RAPIDS, Minnesota
The boat is old, but the motor is new.

And experienced boater Dave Koepp just wasn’t used to the way the new motor jerked while slowing down early Saturday morning when he was out on Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids, alone, …

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Crews still searching for boating accident victim

https://www.tiogapublishing.com/the_wellsboro_mansfield_gazette/news/local/crews-still-searching-for-boating-accident-victim/article_ef432526-3400-11e7-863f-67894b325923.htmlShortly after 11 a.m. Monday, May 8, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released the following information.

On Sunday afternoon, May 7, Larry Piefer from Manheim was involved in a boating accident on Pine Creek as it went through the …

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ID’s Released in Deadly Boating Accident

https://www.kpvi.com/news/local_news/id-s-released-in-deadly-boating-accident/article_f07d96ae-3218-11e7-8eb6-ef7f015ff65b.htmlAs Deputies arrived in the area, three deceased bodies were located in what appeared to be a boating accident.

All three victims, 2 adult males and 1 adult female, were recovered from the water.

This incident is still under investigation and more …

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Jury deliberations resume in fatal boating accident trial

http://www.dailyprogress.com/jury-deliberations-to-resume-in-fatal-boating-accident-trial/article_9e9c3a9a-b6d8-5d83-a8fb-1a68b8afb0a2.htmlQUEENSBURY, N.Y.
Jury deliberations have resumed in the case of an upstate New York man charged in the boating death of a California girl who was vacationing on an Adirondack lake with her family.

The Warren County Court jury began …

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Kentucky woman dies in boating accident

http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Kentucky-woman-dies-in-boating-accident-421594563.htmlA woman died after the boat she was on sank in Cave Run Lake on Sunday night.

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Stonehill student dies in Denmark boating crash

https://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/05/stonehill_student_dies_in_denmark_boating_crashA Stonehill College student from Easton was killed in a tragic boating accident while studying abroad in Denmark.

Linsey Malia, 21, who was set to graduate next year, was among two American students killed Saturday when a high-speed jet ski struck the …

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3 dead following apparent E. Idaho boating accident

https://komonews.com/news/local/3-dead-following-apparent-e-idaho-boating-accidentThe Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says the three were apparently trying to cross Palisades Reservoir on Thursday on a camping trip when their small motor boat capsized.

Investigators say their bodies were recovered Friday and all three wore …

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Man who died in boating accident was ‘guy that everybody liked’

https://www.wlwt.com/article/man-who-died-in-boating-accident-was-guy-that-everybody-liked/9612813The Hamilton County coroner reports that Caleb Simpson, 23, drowned in Winton Lake Thursday.

Search crews recovered his body at about 12:20 p.m. Thursday near Goose Island.

Simpson and another man had been reported missing Wednesday evening …

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Crewmember dies after falling on sailing yacht

Crewmember dies after falling on sailing yacht Germania Nova

https://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/news/crewmember-dies-after-falling-on-sailing-yacht-germania-nova--33067This tragic incident comes 12 months after 33-year-old Toni Hristov Kolev was involved in a fatal accident on board Ocean Victory, which happened while the 140 metre Fincantieri superyacht was mooring up off the coast of Koh Tachi, Thailand.

The exact …

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Businessman ‘showing off’ ahead of fatal boating accident

A successful businessman caused the death of his friend by “showing off” while driving a high-powered boat and crashing into his luxury cruiser at 30mph, a court has heard.

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Businessman `showing off´ ahead of fatal boating accident

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-4310160/Businessman-showing-ahead-fatal-boating-accident.htmlA successful businessman caused the death of his friend by “showing off” while driving a high-powered boat and crashing into his luxury cruiser at 30mph, a court has heard.

Ryan McKinlay, a father-of-one from Gosport, Hampshire, died following the …

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Carnival cruise ship comes within feet of jet skiers

https://www.9news.com/news/nation-now/carnival-cruise-ship-comes-within-feet-of-jet-skiers/422020923Brown quickly alerted Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Taner Primmer, who was operating the sheriff’s marine unit patrol boat in support of the cruise ship departures.

Primmer made his way toward the jet skiers when one of the boaters fell off the water …

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Prosecutors won’t seek to use blood test results in fatal boat case

https://poststar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/prosecutors-won-t-seek-to-use-blood-test-results-in/article_7bfcb552-9a02-5012-8b22-f1431e4ad476.htmlWest is accused of speeding after a day of drinking alcohol and using drugs at the annual Log Bay Day party on Lake George and not paying proper attention when he drove over the top of the boat that held Charlotte and her family.

Charlotte was killed …

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Captain, chief officer indicted over fatal boat accident in 2014

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201703020025.aspxThe captain and chief officer of a research vessel that sank off Penghu more than two years ago were indicted Thursday on …

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Lawsuits against estate of Jose Fernandez shed no new light on fatal boat crash

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article133903694.htmlThe second of two lawsuits against the estate of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has been formally filed, with both alleging the baseball star “owed his passengers a reasonable degree of care” on the morning his boat crashed into a jetty, killing two …

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Roanoke man dies after boat accident near Hardy

https://www.smithmountaineagle.com/news/article_54246fec-f3d1-11e6-a3ff-5f7ddc5d5cd7.htmlAccording to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Sgt. Karl Martin, Bruce Ray, 50, died during a boating crash after emergency medical personnel were unable to resuscitate him.

The boat reportedly collided with a dock and piling owned …

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Boat operator charged in fatal Alum Creek water-skiing accident

Boat operator charged in deadly Alum Creek water-skiing accident
DELAWARE– The operator of a boat in a water-skiing crash that eliminated a 19-year-old female is accused of numerous misdemeanors, consisting of …

Texas Man Dies In Boating Accident

Texas Male Passes away In Boating Mishap
SNYDER, Okla. (October 26, 2015) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol states a Texas man and an Oklahoma man passed away in a boating accident on Tom Sneed …

2 die in noticeable boating mishap in southwestern Oklahoma
SNYDER, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol states an Oklahoma man and a Texas male have died in an obvious boating mishap on Tom …
Two guys pass away in Kiowa County boating accident Sunday
SNYDER– Two guys, an Altus man and an El Paso, Texas guy, passed away in a boating accident at Tom Horse Tank in Kiowa County Sunday, the …

Woman’s arm severed in Boston boating accident, boater arrested

Lady’s arm severed in Boston boating mishap, boater arrested
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com)– A woman on a boat fell overboard into the water, then had her arm severed by a boat propeller in Boston Harbor near …

Boating Accident Avoidance

Boating Accidents

The United States Coast Guard 2008 report on Florida boating accidents shows 616 accidents of which 50 accidents involved fatalities that killed 55 people. In addition, there were 371 non-fatal injuries and over $22 million dollars worth of damage due to boating accidents. 106 of these accidents involved collision with a fixed object, 20 from striking a submerged object, and 190 were due to collision with another vessel. 25 people were forcibly ejected from their boat and 45 people were injured falling overboard. Across the country, over two-thirds of boating fatalities were due to drowning and 90% of the drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.

The primary causes of the accidents, injuries and property damage are operator inattention, careless or reckless operation, no proper lookout, operator inexperience, and passenger or skier behavior. Many accidents also involve consumption of alcohol. In fact, alcohol was a leading contributing factor in 17% of the boating fatalities in 2008.

Effective January 1, 2010, Florida law now requires that persons born on or after January 1, 1988, complete a NASBLA-approved boater education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more (this includes personal water craft such as jet skis and wave runners). The law also requires that persons affected by this legislation have in their possession a boater safety identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and photographic ID while operating a vessel. Florida does not have a “boating license.” The Boating Safety Education Identification Card is proof of successful completion of the educational requirements and is valid for life.

Ways To Avoid Boating Accidents

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission offers several ways to take an online boater’s safety course. They also offer on-site classes and correspondence courses so boaters can complete requirements as conveniently as possible.
For personal safety, everyone onboard your vessel should be wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). Florida law requires that:

  • The owner and/or operator of a vessel is responsible to carry, store, maintain and use the safety equipment required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
  • All vessels are required to have onboard a wearable USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person. The PFDs must be of the appropriate size for the intended wearer, be in serviceable condition, and within easy access. The State of Florida urges all people onboard a boat to wear a life jacket.
  • Vessels 16 feet in length or longer must also have at least one USCG-approved throwable Type IV PFD that is immediately available in case of a fall overboard.
  • A child under the age of 6 must wear a USCG-approved Type I, II or III personal flotation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is under way. “Under way” is defined as anytime except when the vessel is anchored, moored, made fast to the shore or aground.

Florida boating accidents can in the blink of an eye and for numerous reasons: you can slip and fall overboard slipping on the deck or from inattention, drinking on the boat can contribute to a fall overboard, bad weather can contribute, and being hit by another boat can cause a fall overboard. In most instances, the passenger either does not have enough time to grab a life jacket before falling overboard or is unconscious and unable to put on a life jacket, so it is important for all boating passengers to wear a PFD at all times.

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