Sailboat races are a common scene in Southern California and don't generally pose many risks to those involved. Unfortunately, a recent boating accident during a non-competitive sailboat race has left one man dead and another man with a serious brain injury.
Four people were on board a Catalina sailboat in the San Francisco Bay when the boat hit a channel marker buoy. The collision caused the mast of the boat to snap off and killed one of the men on the sailboat. Another person on the sailboat suffered a catastrophic brain injury and is in serious condition at a local hospital.
Police are investigating the fatal boating accident to determine the cause of the collision. They said weather conditions were not a factor and alcohol is not a factor either since the owner of the boat passed a sobriety test performed after the crash.
This tragic accident resulted in one man's death and another man to suffer a serious head injury. Both of the victims were guests of the boat owner, and they were probably unaware of any risks associated with sailboat racing.
While the cause of the crash is still unknown, the sailboat's owner does have a responsibility to keep his or her passengers safe. Due to the seriousness of the crash that killed one man and severely injured another, the owner could face a wrongful death lawsuit as well as a personal injury lawsuit from the victim and their families for his or her negligent actions on the sailboat.
Source: U-T San Diego, "1 dead, 1 injured in California boating accident," Terry Collins, April 17, 2014