Articles Tagged with boating accidents

In re: Aramack Sports, a case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, involved a recreational boating accident in which four people were killed.  All of the victims were adults who had rented a boat from defendant for use on Lake Powell.  The question on appeal was whether this case fell within the federal admiralty jurisdiction.

marina-1449492While we generally think of a lake as an isolated body of water, in some cases, the lake is considered navigable, and if waters are considered navigable, then any causes of action that arise on there may fall under the jurisdiction of federal admiralty court.  In this case, defendant rented boats from a marina on the lake, which is situated near the border of two states.  Three married couples had gone on a joint vacation to the lake and rented a boat from defendant. Continue reading

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, more people will be hitting the water in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Some will be gearing up for the early run on stripers in the North Shore area, and others will simply spend the day on the water with friends and family.  While boating can be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous.

1171697_a_beer_in_a_pubAccording to a recent news feature from CBS News, authorities have said that alcohol may have been a factor in a boat crash that injured 13 people.  Two of the people injured are said to have sustained critical injuries.  Witnesses say that all of the victims were on one boat on the Colorado River. While negotiating the waterway, the boat crashed into a group of large rocks.  Continue reading