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Boat Accident Injures Four in Clay County, Florida


February 26, 2020

CLAY COUNTY, FL- News4jax.com writes that four people suffered injuries in a boating accident in Clay County over the weekend. The incident occurred on Kingsley Lake when the victims’ boat overturned. The individuals included two adults and two children.*

The reports did not include information about the severity of the victims’ injuries or regarding what caused the boat to capsize. The four individuals were in the water for about 45 minutes. 

Boating accidents are common in Florida. In 2018, more than 628 boat accidents occurred and resulted in 59 fatalities. The leading cause of death is people falling off of watercraft. More people are dying in drowning incidents after falling from boats than in any other manner. Many of these incidents could be prevented through basic safety measures and by people paying attention to their surroundings while operating a vessel. About 30 percent of incidents involved crashes between two boats. 

Nationally, hundreds of people die in boating incidents each year. The National Safety Council states that boaters must wear life jackets. The NSC states that 76 percent of people who died in boating incidents in 2017 drowned, and only 26 percent of victims were using life vests at the time. In order to work properly, it is important that life vests fit well and are fastened. Before operating a boat, people should take a water safety course and ensure that all of their equipment is in proper working order. Of course, never drink while operating a vessel. Alcohol is a contributing factor in many fatal boating accidents. Drunk boating, like drunk driving, is against the law. Anyone with a BAC of greater than .08 percent can be charged for boating under the influence. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/22/fire-rescue-4-people-rescued-after-boat-accident-in-clay-county/ and https://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/05/22/fwc-over-boating-accidents-florida-boating-deaths/ and https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/boating and https://www.nasbla.org/operationdrywater/boaters/about-bui


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