There was a deadly accident involving a recreational boat on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on August 20, 2022. The crash occurred in the main channel at mile mark 69. The boat struck a rock bluff in that area, resulting in one death and three injuries. The victim has been identified as Thomas Mckown. According to reports from local officials, the driver of the boat failed to keep a proper lockout. The driver and two other passengers were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels. Two boats collided in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near Freeport, Texas on August 6, 2022. A swimmer was struck by a boat in Canaan, New York on August 6, 2022. There was a fire on board the landing craft WESTERN STAR on August 17, 2022. A crew member was electrocuted on board the bulk carrier COSCO WUYISHAN on August 17, 2022. A fire broke out on a small boat at Millerton Lake, California on August 19, 2022. A fire broke out on a small boat after refueling at a marina in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 21, 2022. There was a collision between the bulk carrier AP REVELIN and an unidentified cargo ship in Port Arthur, Texas on August 21, 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.
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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.