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Boating safety tips

Posted on in Boating Accidents

Driving and biking safety are often discussed at large in the media, but in many cases, boating safety is not addressed, although it is just as important.  The Recreational Boating Industry has made a few suggestions to help keep you safe while out on the water this summer.

Just like when driving a car, drinking alcohol while driving a boat is NOT safe.  Statistics show that when alcohol is involved, your chances of being involved in a boating accident double.  Be smart and save your alcoholic beverages for when you’re safely on land.



Suit filed in little boy's boating death

Posted on in Boating Accidents

The family of a 10-year-old boy who died after he was run over by a boat has filed a lawsuit against the boater and a passenger. The family says the two were recklessly partying before the crash that took the boy's life. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the case.

According to the family of victim, Tony Borcia, the powerboat Purple Haze was going fast enough that its bow was lifted off the water, making it impossible for the driver, David Hatyina, too see where he was going.

Hatyina, 51, faces charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, according to prosecutors. The passenger is mentioned in the suit, but she is likely to not be charged with anything.

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