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Two Fatal Boating Accidents Occur in Alabama During the Memorial Day Weekend

May 30, 2019

MONTGOMERY, AL – According to an online news report at and as reported by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Marine Patrol.*

Per ALEA, two fatal boating accidents happened in Alabama during the Memorial Day weekend.*

The first accident was in the vicinity of Goat Island located on Smith Lake and the second accident was close to Talucah Landing on Lake Wheeler.

The accident that occurred on Smith Lake involved a single vessel which caused the death of a twelve year old boy from the Vinemont vicinity.  Per investigators, the boy was tragically killed when he was struck by a boat close to the Goat Island area of Smith Lake.  At the time of the accident, the boy had been on a tube in the water prior to being struck.

The accident that occurred on Lake Wheeler caused the death of a 56 year old man from Huntsville, Alabama.  ALEA noted that the accident occurred close to Lacey Springs.  The man died when he fell off of his personal watercraft that he was operating close to Talucah Landing.  Per the investigation team examining the accident, the man was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

An additional accident occurred on the Tennessee River, which caused injuries to an eleven year old boy from Trussville, Alabama  Per the Morgan County Rescue Squad, the child is listed as in critical condition.  It has been reported that the boy remains in the hospital at this time.  

Due to the risk of boating accidents, ALEA had increased its marina patrols on lakes located in Alabama during the Memorial Day weekend.  Local law enforcement reminded boaters that they need to take certain safety precautions when on or near water.

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