A 20 ft. recreational boat overturned yesterday on the York River. Two people, a woman and a girl just nine-years-old, were killed in the accident. The victims had been fishing with four other people when the boat capsized. The two were trapped under the boat and drowned. Both were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident. Investigators are still working to understand exactly how the boat overturned, but they suspect strong winds and rough waters are to blame. The other people involved in the accident were not seriously hurt.
We send our condolences to the family and friends of the victims. A fun afternoon fishing on the river should never end with such tragedy. Even when doing everything right, like wearing your life jacket, nature can strike at any moment.
Boating accidents like this one tend to have several potential causes. The top cause? Unsurprisingly, alcohol-impaired drivers are to blame for most of the deadly boating accidents. Operator inexperience and inattention are also frequently the catalyst for dangerous accidents. Lack of proper lookout, excessive speed and navigation rules violations round out the most common reasons for boating deaths.
Reducing the risks
Boating can be a fun and safe activity for the whole family. By staying alert and on guard, you’ll be able to prevent any kind of chain of events that lead to a serious accident. Taking the weather into consideration is just one of the many considerations you’ll need to take in before hitting the water. If you’re an inexperienced boater, save your trips for clear, calm days as you gain more hours on the water under your belt. No matter what, always be sure to wear a life jacket. It’s the quickest and easiest thing you can do to prevent drowning.
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