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.