Deadly Boat Crash Tragically Kills Two, Leaves One Missing on Waccamaw River
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC- Wwaytv3.com writes that a crash left two people dead and another missing after two vessels collided on the Waccamaw River in Brunswick County. The incident occurred this week in the early evening close to Pireway.*
Two women were declared dead in the crash, and a man is still missing at this time. The missing man and the victims were all on the same boat. Another person on the vessel sustained injuries as well, but the condition of the man operating the boat was not reported.
Two people were on the other boat at the time. Police have now charged both of the men controlling the two vessels with operating a boat while impaired. Officers investigating the crash stated that additional charges are likely to follow. The investigation is still ongoing.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 658 people died in boating accidents in 2017. The number one cause of these deaths was drowning. In fact, more than two out of every three-boat crash victims died of drowning. Out of those individuals, 84 percent did not use a life jacket.
Of course, everyone should wear a life jacket when enjoying time on the water. While some people may believe that they are good swimmers and therefore do not need to use one, this is a mistake that can be deadly. It is important to remember that in a boating accident, people may suffer injuries that leave them unable to swim, or even unconscious. Using a life jacket will help keep people's heads above water and help rescuers provide aid to the victims.
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