For many people, boating is a big part of summer in New York. Unfortunately, a few small mistakes are all it takes to turn a day of fun in the sun into a tragic nightmare.
This situation played out near Oyster Bay earlier this month, when a boating accident claimed the lives of three young children. The deaths occurred after a 34-foot yacht capsized and sank, sending its 27 passengers into the ocean.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. There are preliminary concerns that the vessel may have been overcrowded. Investigators are also looking into possibilities that mechanical problems or weather conditions could be responsible for the capsizing.
After the accident, the boat was floated off the bottom of the bay and brought into a marina for further inspection.
Boat Accident Prevention
Taking a trip out on a boat is fun, but it needs to be done safely.
Before departing, the owner or captain of the boat should make sure that there are sufficient life jackets for everyone on board. Children should wear their life jackets at all times. In addition, passengers should be briefed on what to do in the event of an emergency.
The operator of the boat is also responsible for ensuring that the boat is not over its capacity limit. Overloaded boats are unstable and at greater risk of accident.
If an accident does occur, injured passengers may have legal recourse to seek damages in a civil lawsuit. Boating can be a safe and fun activity, as long as common sense and local laws are obeyed.