Published on:

Family Boat Trip Costs Man his Life

In August, a man took his friend, his daughter, and several other boys on a boating trip in the Florida Keys. When one of the young boys started to struggle while swimming off of the boat, Brian Kowalski did not hesitate to jump into the water to save the child from the rip currents that were pulling him away from the boat. He was able to save the child but lost his life in the effort.

Drowning deaths can happen in a variety of circumstances, but they are nearly always preventable. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a drowning accident, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers and Wrongful Death Lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are committed to holding the responsible parties accountable for the harm that they caused.

A day spent swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the weather in the Florida Keys ended in tragedy when a little boy lost his grip on a trailing rope and a man lost his life saving him. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Mr. Kowalski was able to swim with the child back to the boat, but was not able to get himself back on board. Tragic accidents like these can be prevented if basic precautions are taken.

Each year in Florida, people drown while spending the day enjoying the beautiful weather on a boat. In fact, seventy percent (70%) of boating accident deaths are drownings, which is on par with the rest of the nation. The easiest thing to do in order to avoid becoming a statistic is to wear a life jacket, regardless of the tan lines this will leave. Children should have a life jacket or life vest on at all times while on a boat. The law requires it. In fact, a boater who takes out other people and fails to provide a personal flotation device (PFD), as required by the Coast Guard, opens himself to liability if one of the boat passengers goes overboard during the trip.

The PFDs should be in usable condition, fit each of the passengers and captain properly, and be easily accessible if not actually worn. The standard for easily accessible is that everyone in the boat can reach the PFDs and properly put them on in an emergency situation, such as a boat sinking. Therefore, the PFDs should not be buried in a storage locker or stowed under other gear.

If a person is driving a personal water craft (PWC) or being towed behind a boat while water skiing or riding on a tube then they must wear a United State Coast Guard approved PFD, which cannot be inflatable.

The majority of boat accidents are preventable by taking basic precautions. However, drowning accidents are still common. Boat captains are responsible for the injuries and death suffered by their passengers.

If you have suffered a traumatic injury as a result of a near-drowning accident or if you have a loved one who has drowned while boating, the knowledgeable Miami drowning accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help you get compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship in the case where a loved one has died.

Please contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to set up your free consultation. Greenberg Stone and Urbano has been voted one of “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” by the Miami Herald, are rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell, have been deemed “Superlawyers,” rated amongst the est Lawyer’s in America and been invited to be members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms.

Contact Information