A recent accident at Bradenton Beach interrupted a boat tour, as the Captain of the tour had to assist a man and a woman out of the water after a collision.
The tour boat was traveling south on the Intracoastal Waterway at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 when Captain John Draayom found two people in the water near a boat and a personal watercraft, just to the north of mile marker 47. Draayom said the people in the water appeared to be in bad shape, and it was later revealed that there had been a boating accident in the water between the jet ski and the boat.
Two people, the operator of the jet ski and a passenger in the boat, were transported to a hospital for treatment. The passenger on the personal watercraft and the operator of the boat were uninjured. Reports from the site indicated the cowling came off the jet ski, went into the boat and collided with the female boat passenger. But the cause of the collision was uncertain.
Watercraft operators must exercise caution
As with drivers on a roadway, it is responsible for all operators of vessels on a waterway to exercise caution and reasonable care. This means operating the vessel safely for the conditions in the area, avoiding traveling at an excessive rate of speed, having the proper training and certification to be driving the boat in the first place, and avoiding driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident caused by a negligent person, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.