Cruise Ship Law Blog
New Year’s Eve Boating Accident Death Remains A MysteryDecember 31, 2012
A family in Sydney, Australia may soon be in need of a boating accident lawyer after a woman disappeared from a vessel and her body was found several hours later. The victim’s husband recounts waking up his children at around 2 a.m. this morning for help in locating their mother. The 49-year-old woman was nowhere to be found on the pleasure cruiser Tornado, which had been anchored at Rose Bay while the family enjoyed New Year’s Eve festivities.
According to authorities, the woman, who was from Carlingford, had stayed on the aft of the boat’s deck after her husband and two children went to bed. Two hours later, her husband woke up and noticed his wife was not in bed, so he went up to the deck to look for her. After he could not locate her, he woke his children and called authorities.
The search for the missing boat accident victim soon began, but her body was discovered beneath the jetty at around 6 a.m. Investigators still do not know what caused the woman to fall overboard. Authorities await an autopsy to determine the cause of death, which will be carried out tomorrow.
Police do not suspect foul play and believe her death was an accident. Detective Inspector Darren Schott from the NSW Police Maritime Area Command explained his team was told the woman had been drinking on the boat prior to her disappearance, but officials do not know exactly how much alcohol she had consumed. The woman left behind evidence she had been drinking in the form of a plastic wine glass that had remained on a table at the rear of the vessel.
Alcohol consumption has been linked to many boating accidents, especially those caused by drunken vessel operators. Anytime someone is injured or killed in a boating accident because of someone else’s negligence, the survivors of loved ones of the deceased have a right to consult with a boating accident lawyer to protect their rights and fight for compensation for their pain and suffering. The vast majority of injuries and fatalities at sea are the direct result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, and victims may be entitled to a large recovery following the incident.
Inspector Schott took the opportunity to point out the dangers of boating under the influence, hoping this tragedy will serve as a warning and deterrent for other boaters.
“You can be a competent swimmer but when alcohol is involved, regardless of how much, that can change things,” explained Inspector Schott. “We want to remind everyone that boating and alcohol don’t mix.”
The vessel had been anchored roughly 500 meters from the Rose Bay wharf and had been surrounded by several other boats whose passengers had gone out to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks. No one witnessed the woman fall overboard.
The Tornado was towed to the water police headquarters at Balmain to be examined and the results will be passed on to the coroner to help determine the incidents following up to the woman’s death. The name of the victim has yet to be released pending the results of the investigation.
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