Boating is a popular and enjoyable activity here in the Bay Area, but it’s a pastime fraught with accidents as well. If you find yourself hurt or injured while boating because of someone else’s actions, it’s worth speaking to a personal injury lawyer about your rights.
Recently, four men aboard a small fishing boat found themselves injured after the driver ran it into rocks located around Santa Catalina Island. Specifically, it happened by a lighthouse known as Long Point, located equal distance from Avalon and Two Harbors. It’s toward the north shore of Santa Catalina Island.
It was around three in the morning when the Los Angeles County lifeguards U.S. Coast Guard received the alert via radio. By 3:38 am, they were able to get the 4 boaters and their vessel ashore after a 30 mile journey across the channel toward San Pedro. They were brought in around 215 Sumner Ave. in Avalon. There, county paramedics were ready to assess their injuries. Originally, helicopter rescue was intended, but the conditions were too challenging.
Although five men were aboard the ship, one was uninjured. Three were said to be in fair condition, but one was reported as critically hurt.
At this time, there’s no word on what led to the driver running the boat into rocks. However, there are a number of reasons that could be related to driver negligence. If he wasn’t using his lights at such an early hour or if the accident was related to alcohol consumption, he could be the subject of a personal injury lawsuit by the other three who were injured.
Again, there’s no telling, at this time, how the accident happened, but those three men would do well to speak to a personal injury attorney if it’s found that driver negligence is to blame.