A boating accident in New York could have ended in tragedy if not for the quick response of marine officers. The officers were called to assist a sinking boat off Long Island. When they arrived, they found the 19-foot craft underwater and several individuals floundering around the submerged hull. In the end, 4 victims were pulled from the sea and taken to shore. Making matters worse, all of the victims were in their fifties or older-making them more prone to hypothermia, shock, and other side effects of long term submergence in cold water.
All of the individuals refused medical treatment at the pier but had they spent any longer in the frigid waters off New York’s coast this story would not likely have had such a happy ending.
Marine patrol officers left the victims dockside and returned to the scene of the sinking to retrieve the swamped craft. It was towed to shore where investigators will go over the boat carefully in order to determine the cause of this latest boating accident in New York. According to news media reports, there was no reason to think the craft had been involved in a amid-water collision which could point the finger at a mechanical defect or improper maintenance.
If improper maintenance, faulty repairs, or a known defect is found to be to blame for this near-tragedy, the individual or company responsible for the care and upkeep of the vessel could be held financially liable to the injured parties. In such cases, liable parties have been ordered to pay for pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and all out of pocket expenses including boat repair, towing and salvage.
If you’ve been injured while on the water in or around NYC, contact a New York City boating accident attorney as soon as possible. If your accident was caused by another person’s carelessness, or negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Contact the experienced experts at the Law offices of Nussin S. Fogel today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.