One woman has been killed and a man and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition after a Lake Washington boating accident in which a powerboat struck a sailboat around 10:30pm.
In what might be a case of boating under the influence, a 46-year-old Renton man, is being investigated for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) and homicide by watercraft after the fatal boating accident. Seattle police believe alcohol was involved.
The accident occurred off of Leschi.
There were seven people on the sailboat and three of them landed in the water during the accident, according to the Seattle P-I. A young woman in her mid-20’s died at the accident scene; she may have been pinned between the two boats. The other victims, a man in his early 40’s and a woman in her early 30’s, reportedly suffered lacerations and fractures.
Of the four people on the power boat, one was reported to have minor injuries.
Operating a boat after dark and under the influence of alcohol makes for a dangerous situation for all boaters.
Washington State Navigation Rules
The Boat Washington Course provides that when a powerboat meets up with a sailboat head-on, the power boat must give way. In a crossing situation, when a powerboat meets a sailboat, the powerboat must also give way.
This accident reminds one of another fatal boating accident on Lake Washington. In 2008, a 37-year-old Bellevue School District teacher was killed in a boating accident when the sailboat she was riding in was struck by a powerboat that was speeding at the time.
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