Safety A Concern Following Fatal San Francisco Boat Accident

by Staff Blogger | June 3rd, 2013

June 3, 2013

Last month, a San Francisco Boat Accident claimed the life of an America’s Cup sailor. The accident has prompted many to become more concerned for the safety of those involved in the sport of competitive sailing.

According to an article from ABC 7 News, the accident happened in the Bay of San Francisco as the 72-foot vessel, the Artemis 72, attempted to make a turn. The sails caught winds traveling at approximately 15 to20 knots at the boat flipped into the water, trapping an occupant underneath the boat.

It took rescue crews more than 10 minutes to reach the victim and he died before he could be assisted. This was only the second fatality in the history of the America’s Cup race.

The boat was a new style vessel that has been lauded as one of the fastest sailboats in the world; however, some experts have stated the watercrafts are not sturdy enough to be considered safe. Officials are awaiting the crew of the capsized boat to be interviewed before considering if a flaw in the design of the boat could be to blame for the accident though.

The Northern California Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers acknowledge how devastating the loss of a loved one to a boating accident can be. The firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the family of the victim.