Florida Boating Accident Attorney | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog
A man from Martin County was struck and killed recently during a boating event in Lake County. Fifty-three-year-old Mark Van Winkle and a woman, Lorraine Moody, were ejected from their boat while participating in the Classic Race Boat Regatta on Lake Dora in Tavares, according to Joy Hill, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It has been reported that the event is not a competition but a showcase for vintage boats since none of the vessels can legally race. It was the sixth annual event, which attracts 8,000 to 10,000 people including spectators, vendors and participants who are all eager to kick off the boating season.
James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury lawyers would like to remind boaters to exercise extra care as we enter the heavy traffic season on Florida waterways. The following story illustrates the dangers of not taking boating safety seriously:
Florida’s boating season never really ends, but this is the time of year that traffic starts getting heavy on our state’s waterways. With that in mind, Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham would like to remind boaters and passengers about some basic boating safety rules. First, Florida law states that anyone aboard a watercraft on state waters must have a United States Coast Guard-approved flotation device easily accessible. Only those aged six years and younger must wear a flotation device at all times, but recent high-profile drowning deaths serve as a sober reminder that it is very risky to go boating without a life vest no matter how good a swimmer you may be.
Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham warns that the recent drowning death of a man who was a champion wrestler, experienced boater and capable swimmer highlights the need for all Florida boaters to practice boating safety. He also urges boaters to ensure that they have safety equipment on their watercraft as our state’s boating season gets underway in the coming weeks. The drowning victim was a 30-year-old man in excellent physical condition, but, when his boat capsized on Lake Rochelle in Lake Alfred, he was unable to swim to shore.
Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham is closely following developments in a recent boating accident that killed two teenaged passengers and critically injured the father of one of the victims in Black Creek. The accident occurred on February 21 around 2:30 in the afternoon. The 17- and 15-year-old victims were sitting on the bow of a boat that witnesses said was “moving at a pretty good speed” when they were struck in the head and chest by a tree branch hanging three or four feet above the water’s surface.