Local accident involving a personal watercraft results in a fatality

boating accident attorney On Saturday night, March 10, 2012, 40 year-old Victor Vasquez, of Indian Rocks Beach, was killed when his personal watercraft collided with an object in the Intracoastal Waterway. Robert W. Tumbull, 34, of Seminole, was also involved in the boating accident, but sustained only minor injuries.

According to a preliminary investigation, the two men were ejected from the watercraft and the right side of the watercraft sustained damage. Tumball pulled an unconscious Vasquez to shore somewhere near 2507 Bay Boulevard in the town of Indian Rocks Beach. Unfortunately, efforts to resuscitate Vasquez failed. Tumball did not require medical treatment, but he did submit to a voluntary blood test. The crash remains under investigation.

Florida law prohibits the use of personal watercraft from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise. Florida law directs that personal watercraft be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner, and failure to do so can result in a first degree misdemeanor.

This recent accident serves as a reminder that operating a vessel in Florida’s intracoastal waterway presents dangers. In addition to keeping an eye out for other vessels in our crowded local waterways, it is also necessary to keep an eye out for dangerous objects in the water. It is advisable to consider purchasing personal watercraft insurance in the event you or your passengers are injured by the negligence of others. Personal watercraft insurance can also provide coverage for damage to your personal watercraft, or damage that you cause to another craft or dock.

Stay safe on our local waterways to avoid boating accidents. Keep an eye out for other vessels and also for dangerous objects in the water. If you, a family member or a friend is injured because of the negligence of another, speak with an attorney about your legal rights.


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