Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Boy killed in boat collision

Accidents strike when you least expect it. The Sunday’s Parade of Lights was no exception to this.

It was all fun for the spectators and participants of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights until a fatal boat accident happened.

A coast guard vessel responding to an emergency call for a grounded boat smashed into a pleasure boat. Aboard the pleasure boat were 13 people including a young boy named Anthony Cole DeWeese. Anthony died in the crash while four others sustained injuries.

Before the impact, Anthony’s father, Alan, tried to steer the boat out of the way but could not. He added that the Coast guard vessel was so fast that he had no time to respond.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry Dunphy said that an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash. Independent investigations would also be conducted by the East Coast, San Diego Fire Department and the San Diego Harbor Police.

Boat collisions are common but collision with a Coast guard vessel is a bit odd. Coast guard vessel should be responding to an accident and not causing one.

If after investigation, negligence is found to be the cause, the injured victims may file a personal injury case against the party at fault. The assistance of a boat accident lawyer is advised to recover damages.