A tragic accident occurred at Houston County Lake earlier this month. Three adult family members and a six year old boy were visiting the lake for a family gathering and drowned. They were all in one canoe. It’s unclear how and why the canoe capsized. There were reportedly no high winds that day.
The group was found by authorities after a resort employee where they had rented the canoe became concerned when the four failed to return the boat on time. They each had a life preserver, which were found floating in the water. Game wardens do not believe that all of the victims were wearing flotation devices. Witnesses who saw the foursome in the canoe earlier in the day say that the boy was wearing his life jacket. It’s believed that the vest may have been incorrectly attached.
Authorities say that it’s unusual for an accident to occur with a paddle craft, like a canoe, that results in multiple fatalities. This accident shows how important it is to learn about safe boating practices before going out onto the water. A calm, quiet day at the lake can quickly turn dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t followed, including wearing a life jacket at all times.
If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a boating accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation after the accident from the responsible party. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more about our firm. You can also check out our Facebook page.