I had blogged about being careful over the Columbus Day weekend, in view of the fact that our Columbus Day Regatta weekend brings with it a high congestion of boats, and the danger of people operating boats under the influence of alcohol.
Unfortunately, it was reported that a 45-year old man died this weekend in a boating accident near Elliott Key in Biscayne Bay, Florida.
The passenger was on a 60-foot yacht named Gotcha and fell off the back of the boat hitting the propellers. He died in the water.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, responsible for the investigation, reported that the passenger, Juan Carlos Morales, was on the boat with his family and friends for the Columbus Day boat party.
At this time, there’s no report whether alcohol contributed to this fatality.
This death is yet one more fatality that has been reported during the Columbus Day weekend, with two people being reported killed in the year 2006, as well as in 2002 three people lost their lives during the Columbus Day weekend.
I had recently blogged about viewing a news broadcast where a representative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had appeared issuing warnings to be extremely careful during the Columbus Day weekend. In addition to the high congestion of boats during Columbus Day weekend, we have already seen extremely bad weather over this weekend.
As a result of boating accidents that happen during the Columbus Day weekend, special regulations have been enacted. These regulations state that no more than 5 boats are allowed to be rafted together. In addition, any individual boat must be at least 100-feet apart from another boat. Additional law enforcement officials are patrolling the areas looking out for people speeding or operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. These are the major contributing factors to the boating accidents that are reported during the Columbus Day weekend.
Again, we wish everybody a safe Columbus Day weekend if they are engaged in recreational boating. Remember to wear your life jackets, and of course no one should be operating a motor boat under the influence of alcohol.
Our firm continues to boating safety advocates, representing individuals harmed at sea.