Monday, August 17, 2009

Rescuers Safely Tows Flooded Yacht to Shore

For unknown reasons, a luxury motor yacht from Long Beach was flooded while cruising to Catalina Island.

The two people on board the 36-foot Grand Banks named Angel’s Gate were rescued by the joint efforts of the lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard. The occupants could not explain why the boat was taking on water.

The rescue crews used several pumps to control the flooding on the yacht as it was being towed back to the harbor.

Incidents like this happen. While no crash was involved, it could be equally fatal had the rescuers failed to save the boat’s occupants on time.

In 2008, a total of 4,789 boat accidents transpired with 709 deaths and 3,331 injured. The statistics only implied that the requirement of utmost care and diligence is equally important in water as it is on land.

If after investigation, it would be found that someone has been negligent, a damage suit could be filed against such person. The assistance of a boat accident attorney could be an advantage.