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Boating Incident Claims the Lives of Two Fishermen in Texas

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Tyler Goodwin2 years ago

The bodies of two men were discovered after they were washed up Saturday morning at King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor, Texas. Local authorities are currently investigating.

The two were determined to be the victims of a boating accident that occurred Saturday.

Details of the Port O’Conner Boating Accident

The cause of death of the two men was determined to be drowning. The victims were identified as David Linley, and Ray Smith. Authorities believe the men fell off a fishing boat and were caught by the undertow of the waves.

There was another man also on the boat that survived. His identity has not been released.

A witness, Matt Medford, claimed to have seen the three men near jetties of Port O'Connor traveling toward the beach that night. Medford also claimed that the waters were producing 5-foot waves.

Roughly an hour and a half later, Medford said that he saw the Coast Guard responding to the area he had just seen the three men going toward.

“It was a real shock to me when I got back to the dock. It's pretty sad to hear that” was what he had to say about the situation. Also adding that he might have somehow helped if he had known the situation would take a turn for the worst.

Boating Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard:

  • 610 people were killed in the 4,064 boating recreational boating accident that were reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2014.
  • An additional 2,678 people were injured in boating accidents in 2014.
  • 78 percent of the recorded boating fatalities were caused by drowning – 84 percent of the drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • The leading causes of boating accidents were:
    • Operator inattention
    • Improper lookout
    • Operator inexperience
    • Excessive Speed
    • Alcohol


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