Tragic Watercraft Incident Kills One in Alabama
ALABAMA- Fox10tv.com writes that a boating crash killed one person and injured another. Reports indicate that the victim and a woman were on a personal watercraft when they were struck by a 20-foot-long boat in the early evening. The impact ejected both of the victims, killing the man. It appears that the personal watercraft stopped for unknown reasons, and a boat behind it collided with the smaller vessel. The people on the boat knew the victims, according to reports.*
Another boater recovered the body of the victim from the water. The incident reportedly occurred near Dog River and Gaillard Island. The female victim injured her shoulders and upper chest but is expected to recover. None of the individuals on the boat were injured in the incident. Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the deadly crash. The investigation is still underway. The victim was a man in his 50s.
In 2017, 4,291 boat crashes occurred and led to 658 fatalities. Safety experts say that it is necessary to use a life jacket whenever on the water. More than three in four boating deaths result from drowning. It is important even for good swimmers to use a life vest as boating accidents can leave victims injured, unconscious, or disoriented. Using a life jacket will help keep a person’s head above the water and help rescuers pull the victim from the water. Life jackets should fit properly and be fastened correctly.
The laws that pertain to life jackets vary based on the state, and yet regardless of the legal requirements, the National Safe Boating Council urges everyone to use life jackets on any motorized or non-motorized vessels.
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