Monday, December 29, 2008

Another Deadly Boating Accident

The Post and Courier is reporting another deadly night time boating accident:

A 23-year-old Summerville man died from head injuries Saturday night after a boating accident at Wapoo Cut boat landing.

Andrew Evans was pronounced dead at 8:28 p.m. Saturday at the Medical University Hospital, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin said.

Evans was one of four men aboard a 16-foot boat that struck a marker pole while heading back toward the landing, said Lt. Robert McCullough of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

McCullough said Evans fell into the water upon impact with the pole.

McCullough said they're still investigating how he was injured. No charges have been filed, he said.

Other reports state that the boat hit a dock rather than a mark, just east of the cut on the ICW.

Over at News Channel 4 they ran this photo along with the reporting of the accident.

Sometimes I wonder who suffers from the lack of intelligence more, the boaters who kill, injure and destroy families through their recklessness or the news media who report the story.

Here is a link to a comprehensive study on boating safety that was published in May 2007. Unsafe Boating's Deadly Toll

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