Articles Posted in Boating Accidents

A woman was rushed to the University of Louisville Hospital on Thursday afternoon after a yacht caught fire and exploded in the Marina of the Rose Island Yacht Club in Prospect. Randy Powell, who owns R&R Marine, and a friend had gone to the marina to assist the owners in filling the gas tank of their yacht, named Carver Cruiser. As they were working, the engine stalled. When they restarted the engine, it exploded.

Powell, his friend, and the two owners were able to get off the yacht before it was completely engulfed in flames, but not before Powell’s friend, Melissa Hall, severely injured her foot. Powell explained: “Her ankle was severed completely. It was just skin and ligaments holding it … .”

The North Oldham and Harrod’s Creek Fire Departments responded to the situation and, luckily, were able to put out the fire in about an hour. There was only minor property damage to the other yachts and dock, because the passengers pushed the burning yacht away from the dock to keep it from spreading.

Hall is in satisfactory condition at the University Hospital and is believed to make a full recovery.

Natasha Murrell of Louisville, Kentucky suffered fatal injuries from blunt force trauma to her head when she was thrown from a boat in which she was riding on Taylorsville Lake. According to reports, the boat ran aground in a wooded area.

Our hearts go out the friends and family of Ms. Murrell for their loss. This is an unfortunate reminder that we are once again at that time of year when recreational boating really increases, and along with that comes these tragic stories.

For the sake of the friends and family of Ms. Murrell, a full investigation needs to take place to determine just what caused this accident. Driver or operator error is always a prime suspect, but other potential causes should be explored as well. The bottom line is that Ms. Murrell’s loved ones deserve answers. Let’s also hope that those responsible have plenty of insurance coverage or other means of compensating for the losses and harms they have caused.

With summer in full-swing, many Kentucky boaters are heading out to one of our many lakes and rivers. However with the increase in boat traffic, recreational boating can result boating accidents causing severe personal injury or even death. Following the rules and regulations of the open waters helps to ensure that boating is an enjoyable and safe activity for all.

Before leaving the dock, boaters should always check their safety equipment to ensure that it is in proper working order. The United States Coast Guard requires that each boat have the following:

- Life jackets
- Registration and numbering
- Navigation lights
- Ventilation
- Fire extinguishers
- Distress signals
- Battery cover and connections
While out on the water, boaters should be aware of proper boating etiquette. Yielding to another boat towing an individual behind it helps to ensure the safety of the individual being towed so that he or she will not be run over by another boat. When towing an individual, designate a person to supervise the individual. Always slow down when approaching congested areas and anchorages. Boaters are responsible for their own wakes and the damage it may cause.

One of the most effective ways to prevent boating accidents is to avoid alcohol, as this single factor contributes to about one-third of all boating accidents. Kentucky law prohibits drinking in all Kentucky public waterways and prohibits Operating Under the Influence. In Kentucky, operating a boat with Blood Alcohol Content of .08% is considered boating under the influence. By following the law and boating etiquette, Kentucky boaters can safely enjoy our waters this summer.

For more information on boating safety, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources at http://fw.ky.gov/navigation.aspx?cid=771 .