San Francisco Bay Boat Accident Prompts Changes In Safety Policies For The America’s Cup

by Staff Blogger | October 22nd, 2013

October 21, 2013

The conditions produced by nature around the San Francisco Bay can prove to be extremely hazardous to boaters at times. The California Boat Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out this was made apparent by the death of a sailor this past May as he trained to participate in the America’s Cup.

According to an article from Inside The Games, the 36-year-old victim was wearing a helmet, wetsuit, and floatation device when the front-end of the 72-foot catamaran he was on plunged into the water, causing the vessel to capsize. The victim’s body was found floating in the water a short time later. An investigation into the accident determined the man had died as a result of a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning.

In an effort to reduce liability in the event of a similar accident in the future, race organizers have implemented several changes to safety policies. These include establishing limits on safe wind speeds to operate in and requiring more safety equipment to be used by participants. Each crew member is also now required to wear a locating device when on the water.

Berg Injury Lawyer’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve the safety of boaters on the water and are hopeful the new requirements will be effective in preventing accident injuries and fatalities.