Southport, NC (August 30, 2020) – One person was killed in a boating accident that took place in Southport on Wednesday. The incident occurred near Day Marker 7 along the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway.
The Southport Fire Department was among the first rescue agencies to arrive at the scene. According to Assistant Fire Chief Todd Coring, two boats collided with one another in the waterway. One person suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital following the crash. Two other boaters were injured and received medical treatment at the scene. There is no word whether they were also hospitalized as a result of their injuries. Authorities have not released the name of the deceased victim at this time. Police have not said exactly how the crash took place.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is in charge of the investigation at this time. There is no additional information available.
We wish to offer our most sincere condolences to the family who lost their loved one in this tragic Southport boating accident. Our thoughts and well-wishes are with the injured individuals as they continue to recover from their injuries.
North Carolina Boating Accidents
The number of boating accidents and fatalities in North Carolina has risen substantially in recent years. In 2018, there were 35 reported fatalities due to boating accidents in our state. This number was nearly triple the number of fatal accidents reported the year before. North Carolina is home to many bodies of water and there are a number of avid boaters, jet skiers, and others who enjoy being on the water and taking advantage of the natural resources that our state has to offer.
While boating can be an enjoyable activity, it does not come without risk. Some common causes of boating accidents in North Carolina include impairment, inexperienced boat operators, inattention to the conditions of the water, and reckless operation of watercraft. It is important for boaters and those on the water to remember that a crash can happen at any time and that safety precautions should always be taken to ensure that your day on the water does not turn tragic.
If you have been injured in a North Carolina boating accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to understand what rights you may have. At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina boating accident attorney Jason M. Burton has assisted hundreds of clients who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Mr. Burton can help if you or a loved one have been affected by an accident on the water in North Carolina.
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