A sailor from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base died in a boating accident this weekend on the St. Marys River. The St. Mary’s River forms the border between Florida and Georgia just north of Jacksonville.
The victim was with seven other people on a 20-foot recreational power boat when he fell off of the boat at about 4 p.m.
He was at the front of the vessel, which apparently had been traveling about 15-20 mph when he fell into the river. Unfortunately, he was not wearing a life preserver.
As Jacksonville boat accident lawyers, we see serious personal injury and wrongful death result far too often from boat accidents. Because it is easy to fall out of a boat or to be thrown from a boat if it strikes another object, it is imperative to wear a life preserver when boating. Even good swimmers should do so as a collision may render a person unable to swim either by injury or lack of consciousness.
If you would like a free consultation about such an accident, please contact our Jacksonville boat accident attorneys.