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Fatal Boston boating accident claims life of Weymouth man

Authorities on Sunday morning found the body of a man who was killed in a Massachusetts boating accident on Saturday night in Boston Harbor.

The Boston Globe reports that the 47-year-old Weymouth man tried to swim to Graves Light after a pleasure craft began taking on water at about 7 p.m. Rescuers picked up two other people from the boat.

The victim was found 3 miles east of the 21 foot boat, which was half submerged about 500 yards from Graves Light. He was taken to Station Point Allerton.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the incident. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two other boat passengers after receiving a distress call about 6:50 p.m. A cutter, a 25-foot-rescue boat and a helicopter participated in the search for the victim.

As we have reported on our Boston Personal Injury Attorney Blog, authorities are concerned about the high number of boating accidents occurring off the Massachusetts coast this summer.

Through July 4 weekend, 21 people had died in accidents off the coast this year, compared to 10 people during all of last year.

Authorities are urging boaters to wear life vests and practice other safe boating habits through the height of boating season and the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

A Guide to Massachusetts Boating Laws and Responsibilities is available here.

If you have been injured in a Massachusetts boating accident, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.