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Two Men Lose Feet in Gobbler Creek Boating Accident

Two men suffered amputation injuries Saturday evening following a boating accident in Gobbler Creek, located between Lubbock and Abilene.

Details of the Gobbler Creek Boating Accident

KXAN reports that two men were near a boat propeller trying to get an anchor to come up for a boat when the boat operator engaged the engine, resulting in amputation injuries to both men. According to an area Game Warden, one man lost both of his feet, and the other lost one foot.

The incident remains under investigation, and the Texas Game Wardens will be leading the investigation.

The names of the injured persons and the operator of the boat have not been released.

Recreational Boating Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division:

  • In 2015, the Coast Guard counted 4,158 accidents that involved 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
    • In addition, $42 million dollars of damage was caused to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
  • Where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned.
    • Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 85% were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Excessive speed was the second highest primary contributing factor to recreational boating injuries in 2015

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If you or a loved one was harmed in a boating accident due to someone’s negligence operation, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and evaluate your claim. Our law firm has the legal resources and experienced team of legal professionals necessary to properly develop your case. Call us today for a free case review.

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