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Capsized Boat Injures Eight In San Francisco

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According to Reuters, at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a boat with 30 passengers capsized on Saturday. Eight people were injured in the incident.

Details of The Boat Being Capsized

The 30 passengers—consisting of three children and 27 adults—were aboard the vessel that capsized around 4:00 PM local time. The passengers were thrown into cold waters and a minimum of three passengers were trapped beneath the vessel.

U.S. Coast Guard and rescue swimmers from local fire and police departments and rescued the passengers from the water quickly. Eight passengers—including three children and five adults— were injured and transported to local hospitals.

Investigating officials have found no current proof of foul play and the capsized vessel has been identified as a recreational sailboat.

The quick rescue response may be attributed to San Francisco’s “Fleet Week” celebration as units of the Coast guard, fire and police, were already patrolling the waterfront.

Capsizing Of Boats Information

According to the Boat U.S., the most common causes of boats capsizing are that weight is poorly distributed on the boat, boats having leaks, and inclement weather.

All of these major causes of capsizing are preventable if passengers prepare before an outing on a boat—such as checking the daily weather forecast—and a boat is properly maintained.

Ensuring life jackets are worn by passengers, or at least in easy access, can help prevent injuries and death in case of a capsizing.

MLB Pitcher Fernández among 3 Dead in Boating Crash

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According to CNN, Miami Marlins young star pitcher José Fernández and two other men were found dead near a wrecked boat at the entrance to Miami Harbor.

Fernández’s death a loss to his family, to Miami, to baseball

The accident occurred sometime after 10:30 p.m. local time, when the Miami Marlins’ game against the Atlanta Braves that night had ended. Fernández and his two friends, Emilio Marcias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were on the boat when the crash happened, according to USA Today.

The boat, which Fernández owned but rarely drove, hit a rock jetty near Miami, causing massive damage to the boat and ultimately killing the three men. CNN reports that the boat was likely going the max speed, between 50 and 65 mph, when it struck the rocks.

Debris from the crash was spotted at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning by the Coast Guard. Shortly after rescue crews were dispatched, the victims’ bodies were recovered. According to USA Today, none of the men were wearing life jackets, though they may not have aided in their survival. Reports say Fernández died on impact and did not drown.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a cause of the crash, according to CNN, though the investigation is still ongoing.

Fernández, who defected from Cuba in 2008, won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and was a two-time All-Star.

Recreational Boating Accident Statistics

According to the United States Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety,

  • In 2015, there were 4,158 recorded recreational boating accidents, resulting in 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
  • Where cause of death was known, seventy-six percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned in 2015.
    • Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 85 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Only 15 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.
  • Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents (17%).

One Crewman Dead, Four Injured in Cruise Ship Mishap

According to The Guardian, a crew member of the Harmony of the Seas cruise liner died and four other crew members were injured after a lifeboat fell from the deck while in port at Marseille.

Cables Attaching Lifeboat to Liner Broke

The crew members were taking part in a rescue training exercise when the lifeboat reportedly detached from the fifth deck of the cruise liner and fell 30 feet into the water.

The deceased crew member is said to be a 42-year-old from the Philippines. Three of the injured crewmen were also Filipino, according to the Guardian, and the fourth was Indian. Two of the injured men were in critical condition and the other two are being treated for multiple serious injuries at Marseille Nord hospital.

An inquiry was opened into the cause of the accident.

Information Regarding Cruise Ship Injuries

Here are the steps to take after sustaining an injury on a cruise ship:

  • Get your injuries treated
  • Report the incident to crew personnel
  • Request a copy of any incident report
  • Take down witness name and contact information
  • Take photographs of your injuries
  • Decide if you want to file a claim against the cruise line.
  • Your cruise ticket may contain fine print specifying time limitations on filing a claim.
  • The ticket may also reference a particular jurisdiction for any lawsuits against the cruise line.
  • If you decide to pursue legal action against the cruise line, consider hiring a maritime attorney.

Speedboat Racer Seriously Injured After Fiery Crash

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According to the Houston Chronicle, a man was seriously injured after his speedboat catches on fire and crashes during a drag boat race in Marble Falls, Texas.

Boat Reached Speeds of 260 MPH

Scott “Scotty” Lumbert was participating in a Top Fuel Hydro boat race at LakeFest when his boat, the “Spirit of Texas,” caught fire and flipped multiple times during a final round race.

Lumbert was rushed to Austin’s University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital and placed in an induced coma to reduce the swelling in his head. Although he was released from the hospital and his condition is improving, according to the Houston Chronicle, he still suffers from blood clots and other complications.

According to Lumbert’s wife, Lynn, he is able to move his extremities in a limited capacity and occasionally react to his environment, including the couple’s dog.

Recreational Boating 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.

Woman and Child Injured in Jet Ski Explosion

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According to WNEP, a woman and child were injured last Wednesday when the jet ski they were riding on exploded.

About the Jet Ski Accident

Last Wednesday, in Palmyra Township, Pennsylvania, a woman and her child were rushed to the hospital after a jet ski explosion. According to officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, 43-year-old Rebecca Ruddy and her 7-year-old son both serious injured the explosion which occurred around 8:00am.

They were flown to a hospital near Allentown to be treated for their injuries. Rebecca has injuries to the spine and her son sustained head injuries. Officials tell us it appears that the seat of the jet ski may have been the cause of the problem.

Sometimes gas fumes fill up in the seat creating a potential for an explosion can happen. “When you gas up or you’ve been sitting outside in the sun, take the seat off and expose that motor area,” advised Waterways Conservation Officer Robert Plumb.

Eric Sonteby who owns the Lighthouse Harbor Marina near Hawley, told the extreme heat could also play a role. “Always a good idea to check on the inside of the compartment,” said Sonteby. “With the heat we have been having recently, that, of course, expands the fuel in the fuel tank and if it’s not ventilated properly then there could be an issue.”

Witnesses say that everything was on fire, but the officials acted quickly to clear everything up. The witnesses also accounted that they had never seen anything like it before.

Maritime Accident Statistics

  • The following information was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard:
    • 4,158 boating accidents were reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015, resulting in 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
    • In incidents in which cause of death was known, 76% of boating deaths were attributed to drowning.
    • 85% of those drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.
    • 22 children under the age of 13 were killed in boating accidents in 2015.
    • Open motorboats accounted for the highest percent of boating fatalities at 45%

 

Arlington Businessman Killed in Boating Accident

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A well-known Arlington businessman was killed and a second man critically injured this weekend after striking a bridge while boating on Cedar Creek Reservoir.

Details of the Fatal Boating Accident

President and CEO of Arlington-based Galactic Performance Solutions, Daniel Mohorc, 64, was taken by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital, where he later succumbed from his injuries. The second man, dentist Anthony Henegar, 45, of Arlington, remained in a critical condition on Monday.

According to Star Telegram, the lake is approximately 80 miles southeast of Forth Worth in Henderson and Kaufman counties.

A spokesman affiliated with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Steve Lightfoot, stated that the two men were among adults and teens traveling in a Regal pleasure boat when it struck the Texas 198 bridge near Payne Springs about 11:30 p.m on Friday. Lightfoot said the initial field report indicated that Mohorc and Henegar were standing in the boat, but this was later dismissed, as it appeared to be untrue.

The operator of the boat, 58-year-old Larry Scala of Arlington, was arrested on suspicion of boating while under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Henderson County Jail and released after posting $5,000 bail.

In addition to this, Lightfood said authorities obtained a blood sample from Scala but alcohol level results were not yet back.

He stated that the investigation is still ongoing, and it was unknown as to whether Scala would face additional charges.

Maritime Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,158 boating accidents were reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015, resulting in 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
  • In incidents in which cause of death was known, 76% of boating deaths were attributed to drowning.
  • 85% of those drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.
  • 22 children under the age of 13 were killed in boating accidents in 2015.
  • Open motorboats accounted for the highest percent of boating fatalities at 45%.

8-Year-Old Loses Arm, Leg in Tubing Accident

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According to WSYR-TV, an 8-year-old girl injured in a tubing accident in Skaneateles lost both an arm and a leg as a result of her injuries.

Details of the Gruesome Accident

A preliminary report indicates that the girl and her father were launched from a tube after it struck the wake of the Bayliner that was towing the tube. The boat’s propeller struck them when it circled around to retrieve them.

The incident occurred near the West Lake Road at the state boat launch, and was reported around 6 p.m. The identities of the boat operator and its passengers are being currently withheld by the Sheriff’s Office.

The girl, Kaelynne Driscoll, is still in critical condition, according to Upstate University Hospital. Her father, Christopher Driscoll, 32, remains in stable condition.

Maritime Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,158 boating accidents were reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015, resulting in 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
  • In incidents in which cause of death was known, 76% of boating deaths were attributed to drowning.
  • 85% of those drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.
  • 22 children under the age of 13 were killed in boating accidents in 2015.
  • Open motorboats accounted for the highest percent of boating fatalities at 45%.

1 Dead, 3 Injured in Jasper Boating Accident

According to the Austin American-Statesman, one person is dead and three others are injured following a boating accident in Jasper, Texas.

About the Fatal Boating Accident

Jasper authorities say that one person has been killed in a boat crash that occurred late Tuesday night just south of the Twin Dikes boat ramp.

Department spokesman Tom Harvey says the boat carried a man, a woman, and two children. Rescuers helped get the damaged vessel to shore, but details of how the accident occurred are still unclear.

Harvey says the man died in the accident. The woman was transported to a Beaumont hospital and was undergoing surgery following the incident. The two children were also hospitalized for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Boating Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,158 boating accidents were reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015, resulting in 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
  • In incidents in which cause of death was known, 76% of boating deaths were attributed to drowning.
  • 85% of those drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.
  • 22 children under the age of 13 were killed in boating accidents in 2015.
  • Open motorboats accounted for the highest percent of boating fatalities at 45%.

Florida Man Severely Injured in Ski Boat Hit and Run

One man was injured in a hit and run boating accident that happened over the weekend.

Details about the Boating Accident

NBC Miami is reporting that part of a man’s leg had to be amputated after being involved in an accident that officials are describing as a hit and run boating accident that happened in St. Augustine.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Logan Farquhar lost part of his leg after being involved in a ski boat accident in which a ski boat struck the boat he was riding in on Saturday evening,

Billie Inman, fiancé of Farquhar, stated that the propeller of the ski boat cut off her fiancé’s lower leg. Inman further stated that the driver of the ski boat fled the scene after the accident. Officials have stated that the suspect was eventually located and questioned, and could possibly face criminal charges.

Important Information about Boating Accidents

According to data from the United States Coast Guard, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in boating accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,064 individual boating accidents in the United States that resulted in 610 fatalities.
  • 78 percent of people killed in boating accidents died as a result of drowning.
  • Alcohol was the leading known contributing factor in boating accidents in 2014.

Boat Explosion in Maryland – Three Girls Injured

Three unidentified girls were injured on a recreational boat that they were on with their parents when the boat exploded and caught fire.

About The Boating Accident

According to Reuters, the three girls, ages 3, 8, and 9, were on a recreational boat that exploded after launching on Mill Creek at 11:30 a.m.

The three girls were airlifted to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. with burn injuries. The 3-year-old was in critical condition.

The conditions of the adults on the boat were not immediately available.

Maritime Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2012, the Coast Guard counted 4515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
    • The fatality rate was 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 12.9% decrease from last year’s fatality rate of 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
    • Compared to 2011, the number of accidents decreased 1.6%, the number of deaths decreased 14.1% and the number of injuries decreased 2.6%.
  • The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (15%).