San Francisco news reports that Bruce Woolpert, the chairman, president and CEO of Graniterock died in a tragic boating accident. He was 61-years-old. According to reports Woolpert was out in his powerboat in late June when a "mishap" occurred between the boat and a small support skiff. Exactly what happened is unclear, and the accident remains under investigation. Woolpert died of an apparent drowning, and sources speculate that he fell into the water after tying up the family boat in Kings Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.
The boating accident serves as a reminder to keep in mind a few boating safety tips this summer to help avoid injuries and prevent serious accidents, with thousands of individuals and families enjoying boating in the San Francisco area. People who previously had never experienced the freedom of the sailing the bay or other body of water, are now beginning to find a passion and love for boating. Boats are used for fishing, sightseeing, participating in water sports, and family vacations.
Unfortunately, this also opens the inexperienced boaters being out on the water, unaware of and often underestimating the dangers that are part of boating. Simple factors such as a high winds, coming around to quickly or perhaps failing to lower or raise the sail at the appropriate time can result in a potentially serious boating accident.
Some boating safety tips include:
- Always wear a life jacket
- Make sure your boat is in good working order
- Keep basic medical supplies on board
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Pay attention to weather conditions
For more information about boating safety, or if you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injuries in a boating accident, contact the top San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.