Articles Posted in Boating & Watercraft Accidents

The Montana press is reporting that a female boater from Washington State is missing after a Montana boating accident. The press says that the woman and her husband were in a boat on the Smith River in Meagher County, Montana when it capsized around 2pm on Monday.

The woman’s husband was able to make it to shore and people nearby went for help. The Meagher County Search and Rescue, the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office and a helicopter form Malmstrom Air Force Base all coordinated in a search for the woman.

The Pacific Northwest has many waterways, lakes and rivers and the Puget Sound and unfortunate boating and watercraft accidents occur very year. In Washington State alone, there are approximately 20-30 boating accident fatalities every year.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the family of those killed.

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Authorities search for woman missing after Smith River boating accident

Billings Gazette
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Devin Mason, 56, of Tacoma was killed in a Lake Lawrence boating accident while participating in a hydroplane race when his boat went airborne and flipped over. The race was a sanctioned event sponsored by the American Power Boat Association. Lake Lawrence is located approximately 8 miles south of Yelm which is east of Interstate 5.

The News Tribune reports that Mason’s boat was traveling at speeds of more than 80mph when it flipped. Mason reportedly emerged from the accident and waved his arms but was unconscious when the rescue boat arrived a short time later. The man apparently succumbed to his injuries before he could be taken to the hospital.

According to the United States Coast Guard, there were 17 fatal boating accidents in 2009 in Washington state, resulting in 22 deaths.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for damages.

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The Seattle Times reports that two boaters — a man and a woman — were injured in a Lake Washington boating accident when their 38-foot boat become wedged underneath the Highway 520 bridge on Monday night.

According to the report, the man was stuck below the deck until the Seattle Harbor Patrol arrived to extricate the pair.

The couple was taken to University of Washington Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the family of those killed.

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The Washington Department of Health has designed Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington a Level III Trauma Center.

Level III Trauma centers can perform 24-hour emergency surgery and resuscitation. Previously, Evergreen Hospital was designated a level IV trauma center.

Evergreen was ranked #2 in Washington state and Top 10% in the nation for General Surgery by HealthGrades.

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in Seattle provides Level I trauma services in the region for patients requiring neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery or a maxillofacial surgeon.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents and slip, trip & fall accidents.

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Richard Neil Larsen, 43, was found not guilty of the 2008 fatal boating accident which killed Ron Scott, 49, and injured four people in Scott’s boat reports Seattle’s KOMO News.

Larsen had been charged with one count of homicide by watercraft and four counts of watercraft assault as a result on the September 2008 boating accident. His two week trial on these charges ended with the jury acquitting him of any wrong-doing.

Scott had been motoring his Bayliner with friends aboard when his boat was hit by Larsen’s 21-foot Supra between Interlake and Inlet Islands. When the Supra hit the Bayliner, it went over the top of the Bayliner and Scott was knocked into the water. Six people on the Bayliner were injured.

Larsen’s defense successfully argued that Scott was at fault in the boating accident because he parked his Bayliner in a narrow channel and did not have any lights on.

The U.S. Coast Guard keeps boating accident statistics and, according to their numbers, there are between 7.5 to 9.9 deaths per 100,000 registered boats in Washington state every year. In both 2008 and 2009, there were 22 fatalities in boating accidents in Washington state which was down from a high of 26 in 2007.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent Washington boating accident victims and their families.

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The West Seattle water taxi — the Rachel Marie — ran into the sea wall at Pier 50 on Sunday, injuring at least seven people of the estimated 78 people on board in the Seattle boating accident. The taxi was carrying many Seahawks fans who were headed to Qwest field for the game.

One person was thrown overboard but was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard reports The Seattle Times.

Most of the injuries were thought to be minor but several people were taken to the hospital.

The water taxi, which is operated by King County, makes 20 runs a day. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the boating accident but initial thought is that there was a mechanical malfunction.

When a person is injured in an accident that occurred as part of mass or public transportation, the municipality and third-party insurance companies may be liable for any injuries sustained including medical costs.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and motor vehicle accidents. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages.

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Two people were injured when the mast of the sailboat they were on collapsed and hit them. The Washington sailboat accident occurred near Lummi Island on Saturday afternoon around 2pm. Lummi Island is part of the San Juan Island chain and is east of Bellingham outside of Bellingham Bay.

One of the injured suffered a head injury described as a concussion and the other person suffered an arm injury. Both of the injured were taken by the Coast Guard to a hospital.

According to the report by KOMO News of Seattle, the sail boat was a 127-foot Zodiac. The sailboat was chartered.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the boating accident to determine if dry rot or the way the mast was rung up was the cause of the mast snapping.

If it is determined that the cause of the boating accident was caused by negligence due to failing to maintain the sailboat, or failure to train the crew, the victims may be able to obtain compensation for their damages.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in Seattle sailboat accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including medical costs, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.

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The M.V. Kirkland, a 1924 ferryboat owned and operated by Argosy Cruises, had a fire on board early Saturday morning as it was docked at Marina Park in Kirkland.

The Seattle Times reports that no one was injured in the fire.

The fire appears to have been contained to the engine room of the historic ferry which was refurbished in 1996.

The United States Coast Guard just released their annual report, “Recreational Boating Statistics 2009.” Every year, the Coast Guard compiles statistics on recreational boating accidents. They base their data on accident reports filled out by people involved in the accidents.

In 2009, there were 736 boating accident fatalities and 3,358 injury accidents arising from 4,730 recreational boating accidents.

The Coast Guard reports that the number of deaths was 3.81 percent greater than the prior year even thought the number of boating accidents had decreased by 1.23 percent.

A windsurfer suffered injuries in a boating accident on Lake Coeur d’Alene around 4PM on Friday afternoon.

The man suffered a deep laceration on his calf when he was sucked under a party boat, The Osprey, and was sucked under the boat and got cut by either the boat’s propeller or engine.

A report by KREM.com says that a gust of wind pushed the windsurfer too close to the boat.