Monday, April 04, 2011

Shot on a Boat

Weekend boating incidents include a shooting on a sailboat in Florida

Family fun could turn deadly when boating safety isn't taken seriously.  Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Coast Guard

This morning’s boating headlines from across the country were mostly grim, with capsizes, collisions and a shooting. As always, we share these stories in an effort to encourage boating safety.

Tragic Crash in Mississippi
In Mississippi, a 4 year old boy was tragically killed Saturday after a boating collision between a 19 ft skiff and a 22 ft Boston Whaler on Rotten Bayou near the Jourdan River. The accident details from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources stated that the boy was wearing a life jacket, and in fact one news outlet, wafb.com, went further and reported that the boy was the only passenger on his boat wearing a life jacket.

3 Missing in WV
In West Virginia, five people went fishing in their small boat on the New River in Summers County on Sunday afternoon, but only two of the boaters returned to shore after their vessel overturned. According to the West Virginia MetroNews, the search is resuming for the two missing fishermen this morning.

2 Killed, 1 Rescued Near a Dam in Kentucky
In Kentucky on Saturday, two men died when their boat capsized in the Tennessee River near the Kentucky Dam. A third man on the boat was rescued, according to wave3.com. The article states the three men were near the dam because that’s where the fish are.

Shooting on a Sailboat
And finally, in Riviera Beach, Florida, a man shot and killed two people on a sailboat and then paddled away on a kayak, according to the Palm Beach Post. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon near Phil Foster Park, which is located in Pam Beach County. The suspect, who was taken into custody after he kayaked to another boat, reportedly owns the boat on which the shooting took place.

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