Deadly Boating Accident on Lake Pontchartrain

by | Jun 3, 2022 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

There was a boating accident near Mandeville, Louisiana on May 30, 2022.  At the time of the incident, the 31-foot cigarette boat was on Lake Pontchartrain when it began taking on water.  There were six people on the boat when it began sinking.  Samaritan vessels were able to rescue five of the boaters.  Tragically, one of the boaters drowned.  The victim has been identified as Kevin Childs.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  Five people were killed when two motorboats collided on May 28, 2022 on the Wilmington River in Georgia.  Fifteen were injured in a boat explosion in Seneca, Illinois on May 27, 2022.  A pontoon boat with 13 on board capsized on Lake Pueblo, Colorado on May 29, 2022.  There was a deadly collision between a personal watercraft and a pontoon boat in Sullivan County, Tennessee on May 30, 2022.  The chemical tanker CETUS sank on May 27, 2022.  A shrimp boat caught fire in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 2, 2022.

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 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.