Boating Accident at the Beach


A Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer handled one of the saddest cases I have seen as a forensic nurse. On one hot Memorial Day weekend, a family went to the beach. There were hundreds of families at the beach. There were also boaters in the water. One particular boater was swaying port and starboard as it traveled at a high rate of speed. Then the boat unexpectedly veered into the swimmers area. Families were screaming and yelling as this boat headed toward them. A few yards before hitting a group of families, the boat miraculously veered back into the open waters of the boating area. The wake created by the boat tossed the human bodies like rag dolls.

After the violent tossing and screaming had ended, everyone appeared to be safe. However, there was a ten-year-old girl who was not breathing. Lifeguards were giving her CPR. She spent ten days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Her brain suffered some damage due to a lack of blood flow and oxygen.

It was discovered that during the violent tossing by the boat’s wake that the life jacket was snapped off the girl. Despite the father holding tight to his daughter, the power of the wake snatched the girl from his arms.

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