A sailing student was killed in a boating accident in New York this month when he was struck by a boat’s propeller. The Tuesday, July 18, 2017 accident occurred off the coast of Long Island during a sailing lesson with three students. A boat was being intentionally capsized as part of their lesson. Two of the three students were able to remain in the capsized boat during the exercise, but a third ended up in the water.
The instructor pulled the boy out of the water and into his own inflatable Zodiac boat, but the 12-year-old fell out. He was struck by the Zodiac’s propellor. The instructor pulled the boy out of the water again and performed CPR on him until emergency workers arrived on scene. The boy was transported to a local hospital where we was declared dead.
Tragically, this is the second such fatal accident involving children and boat propellors this month. A girl in New Hampshire was recently killed when she was run over by her father’s power boat.
We send our condolences to the family of the boy. A beautiful summer’s day on the water should never have ended this way. We have to wonder about the safety procedures in place for these kinds of sailing classes. There has been no word about whether or not the child was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. One would hope that even the strongest of swimmers would wear a life jacket while in a sailing class like this one.
Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.