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Driver involved in boating accident was legally intoxicated


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 21, 2012 in Boating Accidents

An investigation into a summertime boating accident that killed a 30-year-old man has concluded and issued its findings. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection stated that the man had consumed enough alcohol prior to crashing his boat into the east seawall in Stamford to be legally intoxicated. At the time of the boat accident, his blood-alcohol level registered at 0.25 percent, which is about three times the legal limit.

While a prior initial statement issued concerning the investigation found that the man also committed a boat operating error and neglected to keep an adequate lookout, in the end the investigators concluded that alcohol contributed to causing the crash and death.

The decedent worked as a firefighter. At the time of the accident, he was accompanied on his 27-foot boat, a Sea Ray sport cabin cruiser, by four passengers, including his younger brother. The boat deviated from the channel and crashed into the rocks at approximately 11:30 p.m. Police estimated that it was then traveling at a speed of approximately 18-22 miles per hour.

The forceful impact caused the boat's engine to come off, and flung two of the passengers into the water. Rescue workers were subsequently able to save two other passengers who had become trapped in the boat's cabin. The boat operator's body was only found in the water half a day later, and a medical examination determined that he had drowned after being thrown off the craft.

Remaining sober while operating a boat is just as important as remaining sober while driving, both legally and to protect the lives and safety of the operator and others. In Connecticut, boat operators must be a minimum age of 18 and must be licensed, and they must not be impaired by the use of alcohol.

Source: Stamford Advocate, "Alcohol a factor in fatal Stamford boating accident," Jonathan Lucas, Dec. 12, 2012

  • Some people do not realize that operating a boat should be taken as seriously as operating a vehicle. Victims of boat accidents may want to learn more about their rights by visiting our Connecticut boat accident page.