A 43-year-old Miami man was killed Saturday while boating in Key Largo with his girlfriend.
Autopsy reports are pending at this time.
The girlfriend claims the man jumped into the water to cool off, but the current began sweeping him away. He apparently grabbed onto a fishing line they had in the water, but it broke. She tried to throw the man a life preserver, but the man was too far away to reach it.
The girlfriend told authorities this was her first time on a boat and she did not know how to operate it.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the accident site and located the man’s body.
Boating is practically a state sport in Florida. Numerous people own boats and enjoy cruising the waterways for recreational or fishing purposes on the weekend or while on vacation. However, a day on the water can turn tragic in just seconds when someone on the boat is careless or negligent in their actions. If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in a boating accident, you may be entitled to recover damages for your losses.
The main causes of boating accidents can be attributed to the following acts of negligence:
• No Proper Lookout
• Excessive Speed
• Operator Carelessness
• General Inattentiveness
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a boating accident in West Palm Beach, Miami or the surrounding areas, consult with a Palm Beach County Boating Accident Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton today. Our Florida Injury Lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of boating accident cases, from cruise ship injuries to fishing boat fatalities. We thoroughly investigate all boating accident cases to uncover the possible causes of your accident so that you receive full and fair compensation for any pain and suffering the boating accident has caused you and your family.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a boating accident, call a Palm Beach Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today at 561-367-8777 or statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529. You can also submit a free case evaluation form on our website.
An initial consultation with us is completely free of charge, so you have nothing to lose. Should we take on your case, we work on a contingent-fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing until we recover compensation on your behalf. In personal injury and wrongful death matters, time is of the essence – a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. Do not delay; call us now, as you may have a valid claim enabling you to seek compensation for the injuries, pain, and suffering a Florida boating accident has caused you. We stand ready to take on your case – call us locally at 561-367-8777 or statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.