Local law enforcement stated that the driver of the boat told them that he and two other men had ventured out on the lake to run some fishing lines, when the boat began taking on water quickly. They tried to reach shore, but overturned several hundred yards from land.
The boat’s operator was able to pull one of the passengers to shore, but he was declared dead shortly after the rescue. The other passenger is still missing, and search teams will continue to scour the lake..
The United States Coast Guard claims that nearly 1,000 people die each year as a result of boating accidents in the United States and as many as 2,500 are injured. Additionally, they estimate that more than 30,000 non-fatal boating accidents go unreported each yea. In nearly one-quarter of these accidents, drugs and/or alcohol were considered contributing factors.
This is why the Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say that it is so important to always have enough personal floatation devices, such as life preservers, for each passenger aboard the boat. It is also a good idea to have an emergency first aid kit and a radio to call for help in the event of an emergency.