Man sentenced in Nisqually River boating accident deaths

Vincent Farler, 43, has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for the boating accident on the Nisqually river last June that resulted in the deaths of two children, Sean (age 5) and Cameron (age 9) McCartney, and Bryan Pierce, an adult. Farler made an Alford plea which, while not admitting guilt, concedes that there is enough evidence to convict.

According to the report in The Olympian, Farler offered to give Erin McCartney, her two children and her friend Bryan Pierce a ride on his flat-bottomed boat. The boat capsized after making a u-turn against the current, running into a logjam. Erin McCartney and Farler were able to make it to shore. Farler’s blood alcohol level was 0.193 percent after the accident which is more than twice the legal limit. None of the five people on the boat was wearing a life vest.

Driving under the influence, either while boating or driving a car, is a very serious offense. If someone dies while one is driving under the influence, which in Washington state is a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or greater, then a person can be charged with Vehicular Homicide.

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