A 21-year-old woman and 21-year-old man from Arkansas were killed as the result of an Oklahoma Boat Accident that occurred last month. Investigators have determined that alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash.
According to an article from 9 News, the boat that crashed was on the waters of Grand Lake on May 14 with a total of nine people aboard. While on the water, the boat’s operator admitted to authorities that he consumed ten beers and a shot of tequila, and had taken an anti-depressant for which he did not have a prescription. He also admitted to smoking marijuana two days prior to the accident.
As the operator was driving the boat, he collided with the side of an unoccupied, docked houseboat, killing two of the passengers aboard his vessel and injuring several others, himself included.
Authorities have charged the driver of the watercraft with operating a vessel under the influence and could face further charges pending the outcome of a full investigation into the incident.
The crash highlights the risks involved with drinking and boating. Many fail to recognize that the behavior is just as dangerous as drinking and driving a car.
This is why the Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers urge those who are at the helm of a watercraft to never consume alcohol while on the water.