A recent San Francisco boat accident underscores the dangers of the Bay
Area’s waterways. According to reports, one man died and another
survived after strong waves overtook the boat in Tomales Bay at the Point
Reyes National Seashore. The boat, a 13-foot Boston Whaler overturned
near Avalis Beach. Two dogs were also on board, one was found alive following
the incident, and another feared dead was discovered three days later.
Yoda, a yellow Labrador, was found safe after spending 72-hours shivering
along the rocky shoreline.
This incident is a reminder of the dangers of boating and that by following
a few safety tips tragedy may be avoided.
First and foremost - wear a lifejacket. This includes pets too! Just having
life jackets on board may not be sufficient when conditions change suddenly,
leaving little time to put on your or your pets vest.
Don’t drink and boat! Just as drinking impairs motorist’s skills
on the roadway, boating while under the influence can reduce and impair
your ability to safely operate your boat.
Pay attention to the weather. If storms are forecast, it may not be wise
to go out for a long boat ride. Conditions can shift rapidly, and lightening
and high winds can create severe risks for boats in the water.
For more information or if you have been injured in a boat accident, please
contact the dedicated
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.