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Boating accident claims the life of Cromwell duck hunter


Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 27, 2014 in Boating Accidents

While the weather in the northeast may not seem conducive to hunting, it doesn't stop die-hard hunters from getting out there. Unfortunately, one man from Cromwell was out hunting on the Westport River in Massachusetts when the boat he was in capsized, sending him into freezing water. The man was dead by the time he was pulled from the water.

Though the boating accident is under investigation, the Connecticut man's family may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit should further information come to light. Just as with any boating accidents in Connecticut, if someone is injured because of another's negligence or recklessness, the boater or his or her family can sue for compensation following an accident. If police uncover evidence that indicates one of the other two boaters were responsible for the boat capsizing, the Connecticut man's family may be able to file suit.

The men had been duck hunting on the river earlier this month, although it is not entirely clear when the boat tipped over. A passerby contacted the Westport Harbor Master in the early morning when he or she noticed an overturned boat in the water. It took one hour for rescuers to arrive at the boat, which is when the coast guard began their search. One of the boaters survived, but the other two were found in dead in the water.

Again, the facts surrounding this accident are not clear, but as investigators talk to the lone survivor, they may be able to get a better understanding of what happened in the moments leading up to the accident. Should they find evidence of negligence, the survivor or family members of the deceased boaters may start to file lawsuits and reaching out to a reputable Waterbury personal injury lawyer may be a wise choice should they wish to pursue legal action.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Cromwell Man Killed When Boat Capsized in Massachusetts," Jan. 7, 2014