Boating is a leisurely pastime in Columbia, South Carolina. In the spring, the weather becomes more conducive to boating. However, safety needs to be a top priority because other boaters may be injured in a recreational accident.
Unfortunately, the season opened with an accident. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is currently investigating a recreational vehicle accident in Lake Murray, South Carolina. The accident occurred when a man and his three grandchildren anchored their pontoon boat near Spence Island for the night. A cuddy-cabin boat then struck their boat.
The boating accident resulted in five people -- two adults and three children -- being sent to the hospital. The grandfather and the two children were released. One child suffered with a broken arm. No information on the other boater's condition is available. Investigators are looking for the probable cause of the accident. They are checking to see if proper lighting was used or if alcohol was involved.
Although the DNR and other concerned people have established safety measures, not all boaters are responsible enough to follow these preventive safety protocols. Boating accidents can cause property damages, serious injuries and fatalities. Although it is preventable, a boating accident often results in death from drowning.
There is an increasing demand for boats and other water vessels during the warmer months. With this in mind, boaters need to be prepared and mentally focused in order to avoid accidents. An accident often occurs because of negligence. According to statistics, the boat operator's inattention and inexperience, speeding and improper lookout are some of the top reasons for boating accidents. Additionally, if alcohol happens to be involved, an intoxicated boater can add to the risks.
Such a tragic accident can be very difficult for the victims and their families emotionally and financially. Fortunately, in this case, no fatality occurred. However, the accident victims can file a suit, which can help to cover expenses such as hospital bills and other accident-related expenses.
Source: WIS, "Five hospitalized after Lake Murray boat crash," Randy Johnson, April 15, 2013