Five Killed in Boat Crash on Wilmington River in Georgia

by | May 29, 2022 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

There was a deadly boating accident on May 28, 2022 on the Wilmington River in Georgia.  During the incident, two motorboats traveling in opposite directions on the river collided near the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.  There were a total of nine people on board the two boats.  Authorities began search and rescue operations shortly after the incident.  Five people were killed in the crash, with the other four passengers sustaining injuries.  Four of the victims have been identified as members of the same family: Chris Leffler and his wife, Lori, as well as their two sons.  The driver of one of the boats has been arrested and charged with boating under the influence.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this tragic accident.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  There was an explosion on the chemical tanker GULF PETROLEUM 4 on May 6, 2022.  There was a fire in the engine room of the CORMORANT 1 on May 11, 2022, while the vessel was in the Galapagos Islands.  There was a deadly recreational boating accident on May 20, 2022 in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.  There was a deadly recreational boating accident on May 22, 2022 in Hart County, Georgia.  There was a boating accident on May 27, 2022 near the Fort Pierce Inlet in Florida.

A recreational boating accident can be the result of many factors, including: human error, weather conditions, equipment failure, poor maintenance practices, waves caused by other vessels, or a lack of equipment.  An incident can often be a result of a combination of the above factors.  Ultimately though, many of these incidents are preventable.

Over 5,000 boating accidents occur each year, resulting in over 700 deaths. However, most of these accidents are preventable if boaters take the proper precautions. Before heading out on the water, it is essential to check the weather forecast and be aware of any potential storms.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country including those involving capsized vessels.

The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of a maritime disaster. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.