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One Boater Dead and Another Missing in Boating Accident Near Sunshine Skyway Bridge

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on June 1, 2011

One boater is dead, and another is missing after a Florida boating accident near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg. The investigation into the accident is still ongoing, but officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say that a six-year-old boy was pulled from the water late Friday, May 27, and that he is in an area hospital receiving treatment for undisclosed injuries. The body of a 44-year-old man was recovered near the scene of the accident, and a 34-year-old man who investigators believe was injured in the accident was also pulled from the water. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham cautions boaters to exercise proper safety precautions as area waterways grow increasingly crowded.

Accident investigators are also looking for another person believed to have been involved in the accident, a 36-year-old man who investigators fear may have been killed. The investigation is expected to continue for some time, and anyone who may have witnessed the accident or knows anything about it is encouraged to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-5600.

Florida’s lakes, streams, rivers and coastal waterways are an endless resource for recreation, and Floridians and visitors alike love to get out and enjoy nature on many different types of watercraft. However, as we all know, not all boat operators take their responsibilities seriously, and some engage in negligent behavior such as the following:

•    Operating their watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
•    Disobeying posted speed limits
•    Ignoring “no wake” zones
•    Violating other boaters’ rights of way
•    Failing to have proper safety equipment onboard
•    Operating their watercraft in a reckless manner and endangering everyone in the vicinity

If a negligent boater causes an accident that results in injury or death, he or she can be held liable for damages, and accident victims and their families have a right to seek compensation. Here in Central Florida, many boating accident victims choose an Orlando personal injury attorney who has been helping injured people receive the fair and just compensation they deserve since 1977. They choose James O. Cunningham because he handles each case personally, has a proven record of success and gives each client and case the individual attention they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham to discuss your case, call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 today.

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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