The potential for a boat malfunction on the open water may be similar to the chances that a New Yorker will end up stranded on the side of the road with a vehicle out of commission. However, the consequences of a simple mechanical failure or design flaw are often much more serious for boaters.
It is not known whether a recent boating accident was caused by a manufacturing error, maintenance error, collision or some other cause. However, authorities do know that three men were fishing on Lake Ontario when the boat began to take on water. The owner of the boat apparently became trapped in the cabin as the vessel sank. The rescue teams involved included the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, firefighters, local law enforcement and divers. He was found two days later at the bottom of the lake.
Two passengers were also in the boat at the time that it started to sink, but they were able to escape and use flotation devices to survive until they were noticed by other fishermen approximately an hour-and-a-half later. Law enforcement is still investigating the accident to determine the reason the boat sank.
After a tragedy, it may be difficult for victims and their families to deal with the emotional and financial burden. In some cases, the law allows people to file litigation to hold any responsible parties liable for medical bills, funeral costs, and pain and suffering. Some people choose to speak to an attorney about whether compensation may be available.
Source: Syracuse.com, “Missing fisherman found dead in Lake Ontario in Oswego County,” Catie O’Toole, Sept. 25, 2017