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Reports say accident victim died in boat driver's arms

The number of boating accidents often rises during the summer months when more people are on Louisiana's waterways. An accident victim can suffer injuries that range from minor to fatal depending on the circumstances. Just as is the case in car crashes, there is no way to predict what will happen when two boats collide.

Officers with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the local sheriff's department had no idea what to expect when they were called to the scene of a boat collision on a recent Saturday morning. Upon arrival, they discovered that at approximately 7:22 a.m., two boats were involved in an accident. As one boat came around a corner, its driver claimed that the sun blinded him, and he did not see the other boat.

He claims that he was unable to keep his boat from colliding with the other boat. One of the occupants of the boat that was struck was thrown into the water. The driver of the first boat jumped into Cane River Lake in an attempt to help the victim. When emergency personnel arrived, he was still holding the victim -- who authorities say died in the man's arms. The boats other occupant was uninjured.

Even though impairment is not suspected, blood samples were taken from both drivers for analysis as the investigation continues. It is not yet known whether any charges will be filed, but the family of the accident victim could exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim. If it is proved that the negligence of another caused or contributed to the death or their loved one, an award of damages could be made.

Source: ksla.com, "LDWF investigating fatal boat crash on Cane River Lake", Jeff Ferrill, July 3, 2016

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