As the weather warms up in the Northeast, many Massachusetts residents will find themselves enjoying their days basking in the sun. This means a lot more residents heading to the harbor and spending time out on the water. With a bay area as beautiful as Boston’s, it is no easy task to stay on the shore. Boating involves different activities for different people, but boating often involves indulging with a few drinks. For many responsible adults out there this is not a problem and simply adds to their relaxation. For some, however, a day on the water drinking can quickly turn into a tragedy with just a few irresponsible acts. Already this year, Boston Harbor has witnessed tragedy out on the water due to a boating accident.
On Saturday May 30th, a group of 12 were boating in the Boston Harbor. The captain of the 29-foot pleasure boat was an attorney from Charlestown. The group’s ages ranged from 15 to 33 and the boat was called Naut Guilty. On this gorgeous day, several of the passengers jumped into the water apparently to retrieve something that had blown into the water. The captain was attempting to anchor when the group jumped in. One young lady, a 19-year-old named Nicole began to swim back towards the boat. As she attempted to re-board, she was struck by the active propeller blade on the boat which severed her arm. The attorney was arrested and is being held on $75,000. Among the charges against him are driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol, causing serious bodily injury, negligent driving of a boat, and operating a motorboat without identification. Four hours after the call for help was made from the boat, the attorney agreed to take a breath test; at that time his blood alcohol content was .09.
By the Numbers
To understand the risk associated with carelessness on the waters, take a look at a few statistics. The United States Coast Guard reports that during 2013 there were 4,062 boating accidents. Among these reported accidents, there were 560 deaths and 2,620 injuries. Considering that boating is a recreational activity, this number is fairly striking. Also, recognize that boating is a weather-based activity that is often restricted geographically and dependent upon the temperatures. Based on these numbers, the rate of fatalities was 4.7 deaths for every 100,000 registered boats. The main cause of injury and death on board a boat is collision with another boat. Another primary cause is flooding of the boat. The third leading cause is collision with a stationary object. Alcohol use is the sixth leading cause of the known contributing factors to an accident on the water. In Massachusetts, the law prohibits anyone from operating a boat with a BAC over .08. This is also the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle on the roads. Driving a boat under the influence could result in the suspension of the driver’s motor vehicle license.
Attorney Peter Ventura understands the challenges presented to victims injured on the water. He is a dedicated and compassionate attorney thoroughly committed to helping people injured in Massachusetts obtain compensation. Call toll free today for a free consultation at 508-755-7535 or contact us online.