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Boating and Jet-Ski Accidents

Give Me a Sail and the Rolling Wind

The waters off the coast of Southern California have mesmerized people of all ages for hundreds of years. Many have journeyed a lifetime just to get a glimpse of the beautiful, pacifying blue sea. And you may one day feel that desire to make your own discoveries on the Pacific Ocean. Like Balboa 500 years before you, you may find yourself gathering a small band of trusted friends, packing provisions such as cold beverages and sandwiches, and perhaps even enlisting a native guide or a pack of trusty dogs for your journey.

Well, maybe not the native guide or the pack of dogs, but like Jacques Cousteau said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” And, darn it, from time to time, you simply want to take a boat out!

But, just like driving a car on the roads and freeways, there are rules to remember—because accidents do happen. Here are a few things to keep in mind when hitting the water. Read the rest »

El Capitan Reservoir Boating Accident Claims Two Lives

A 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were killed after a speeding powerboat struck the boat they had been fishing on at the El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside. Two men in the powerboat also suffered minor injuries.

San Diego police are still investigating the tragic accident at the city-owned reservoir, but one witness told ABC 10 News that the powerboat had allegedly been speeding through the no-wake zone. The boat that was struck had been drifting prior to the collision.

“The blue and white Nitro came flying through the no-wake zone. I raised my hands up; they waved me off, like you know, ‘It’s no big deal.’ After they came flying through, after they waved me off, I heard the impact,” the witness told reporters. Read the rest »

Once Again, California Lawmakers Advance Bill to Require Boating Education

California is second in the nation when it comes to boating accidents, just behind Florida, and yet California is one of only five states that do not require that a person have any kind of formal training before operating a boat.

With the busy boating season upon us, there are some in the California Legislature who are seeking to end that. Current California boating law only requires that a boater be 16 years of age to operate a boat in the state. Surprisingly, a child as young as age 12 can legally operate a boat if accompanied by an adult. Read the rest »

Boating and Alcohol Don’t Mix

San Diego Boating DangersBoating offers great summer fun for southern California residents and visitors of all ages.  However, adding alcohol to a boating excursion can quickly turn a day of fun into an irreversible tragedy.  While an experienced San Diego boating accident attorney can protect your rights after an injury, the wisest course is to reduce your own injury risk by never mixing boating and alcohol.

According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), a boater’s ability to operate a boat or personal watercraft safely is impaired when the boater’s blood alcohol concentration is just 0.35 percent – less than half the legal limit for driving a car.  For many boaters, just one or two drinks will raise the blood alcohol concentration to 0.35 percent, endangering not only the person operating the boat, but others aboard as well. Read the rest »

Carnival Cruise Ship’s Mechanical Problems Strand Passengers – Again

A second Carnival cruise ship is suffering mechanical problems that cut passengers’ cruise time short, according to a recent article in The Los Angeles Times.

The Carnival Dream, which was carrying out a cruise in the Caribbean, began having emergency power problems a few days ago, according to one passenger who notified the Miami Coast Guard. The problem appeared to be centered in the ship’s emergency diesel generator, which powers the propulsion system. The ship had stalled at least once during the cruise, and toilets and elevators were inoperable for a short period. Read the rest »

Usher’s Stepson Declared Brain Dead after Tragic Jet Ski Accident

11-year-old Kyle Glover, stepson to R&B superstar Usher Raymond, sustained a massive head injury on Friday, July 6 while inner tubing at Atlanta’s Lake Lanier.

According to the incident report by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Glover and another friend were being towed on an inner tube by another boat at approximately 3:25 p.m. ET when a Jet Ski crashed into the juveniles. Glover was hit in the head and knocked unconscious. Read the rest »

Sean Kingston Fined for “Careless Operation” in Jet Ski Accident

The “Beautiful Girls” singer was fined a whopping $180 for “careless operation in an accident.” It refers to Kingston’s near-fatal jet ski accident back in May‚ when he crashed his brand new PWC into a bridge in Miami Beach.

Apparently‚ Kingston made a classic NOVICE move when he stupidly released the throttle while turning the steering wheel at the same time‚ causing him to lose control of the watercraft. Investigators say the celeb’s “inexperience” and “inattention” were solely to blame. Cops specifically called him out for not understanding basic boating safety procedures. Read the rest »

Fiesta Island Boat Accident Leaves Young Girl Injured

Fiesta Island Boat AccidentSix-year-old Neve Walker was struck in a San Diego boat collision that occurred on August 6‚ 2011‚ around 3:30 p.m. near Fiesta Island. According to the girl’s father‚ the child was riding on an inner tube along with her 10-year-old brother when a motorboat came from behind and veered into their path.

The little girl was knocked off the inner tube and ran over by the boat. She was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment‚ where she was diagnosed with fractured ribs‚ a partially collapsed lung and bruises‚ and cuts over her body. Read the rest »

Mission Bay Tubing Accident Kills Man I San Diego PWC Accident

Mission Bay Tubing AccidentA man died Sunday‚ July 24‚ 2011 at about 5:50 p.m. after an inner-tube accident on Mission Bay. The victim had been riding a water device called a biscuit that was being towed behind a person watercraft (PWC) at Ski Beach.

The man went under the water and could not be found. 10 minutes later‚ the man’s lifeless body was found. Lifeguards say that the man had been wearing a life jacket but was found without it. They believe the device was too small and improperly fastened‚ deeming it useless. In addition‚ the floating device was not properly inflates and had broken apart while it was being towed. Read the rest »

Sean Kingston Critically Injured in Miami Beach Jet Ski Accident

kingstonHip-hop singer Sean Kingston and his female passenger were critically injured after he crashed his personal watercraft (PWC) into a Miami Beach bridge around 6 p.m. on Sunday‚ May 29‚ 2011.

Luckily‚ a passer-by saw the accident and saved the pair‚ who was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The female passenger suffered minor injuries while Kingston was being treated in the trauma ward. Though authorities do not believe alcohol played a role in the incident the female passenger told reporters that they were speeding when they collided into the Palm Island Bridge‚ which connects Palm Island with the MacArthur Causeway. Read the rest »

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