Boating may be more dangerous than some people think. A boat can capsize, one boat can ram into another boat, passengers may fall overboard or the boat may sink. These types of accidents can cause injuries or can even lead to death, just like a land-based motor vehicle. A captain that consumes alcohol is even more likely to get into a marine accident. Additionally, intoxicated passengers may be more likely to fall overboard and drown. In New York State, there are approximately 500,000 registered powerboats (sometimes referred to as motorboats), according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. The paper also points out that there is more boat congestion on the Hudson River as the Tappan Zee Bridge construction is in full swing. This has added to boating dangers, especially for those who are intoxicated while driving their boat. In New York, the state requires boat operators to take a boater safety course. Below are summaries of just a few boating accidents that have occurred recently in the region with alcohol to blame in part.

  • A man crashed his boat into a barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge. The barge was a construction boat and two people were killed. The man had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit and has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
  • A 2012 fatal New Jersey boating accident is now in court. Alcohol may have been a factor when a boat capsized in the Delaware River and the man who may be at fault and is facing charges is asking the court to “throw out his alcohol breath test results” according to WFMZ.
  • Authorities say that a boating accident in Rhode Island in which three people sustained minor injuries may have been alcohol-related. The boat hit a “navigational aid.” (ABC6)
  • In Indiana, two boat drivers crashed their boats into each other recently. Both drivers failed sobriety tests. Additionally, law enforcement authorities smelled alcohol on their breaths. Thankfully no one was injured, but the boats sustained serious damage. (Courier Press)

To conclude, boaters must use caution while operating boats. They can be dangerous vehicles, especially when the boater is intoxicated.

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