U.S. Coast Guard investigating fatal boat collision

by Benjamin Treviño | June 19th, 2024 | Blog

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a boating accident that left one man dead. The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. June 11 in the Laguna Madre near the Arroyo Colorado.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two fisherman launched their vessel from Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park in Arroyo City, and proceeded out to the Laguna Madre. The boat’s motor then had a mechanical failure, according to the report, leaving the craft unable to move.

A barge subsequently struck the boat, pulling it underwater. One of the men on board drowned. The other was rescued. Their identities were not immediately released. The U.S. Coast Guard stated that neither man was wearing a life jacket.


What to do when a loved one dies in a boating accident

You will need legal representation if an immediate family member is killed in a boating accident, because many factors will determine who, if anyone, was at fault.

There may have been dangerous or faulty equipment on the boat. The vessel may have lacked the required safety equipment such as life jackets. In Texas, it is illegal to operate any water vessel without the required safety equipment, and the requirements will vary based on the size of the boat.

The boat’s operator may have engaged in negligent or reckless conduct that caused the accident. The operator of another vessel that collided with the victim’s boat may have been at fault as well due to one of the above reasons.

Contact J. Gonzalez

At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, our expert team of boat accident attorneys will help you understand your rights and they will fight on your behalf for a fair recovery. As your legal representative, we will conduct a thorough boat accident investigation to determine who was responsible. Following our investigation, we will build a case to find justice for a loved one’s life that was taken because of someone else’s negligence.

Damages from a wrongful death lawsuit could help pay for funeral costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us via this website, or call 1-800-CAR-CRASH. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm will never charge you for attorney fees unless we successfully resolve your case.


Source: https://www.krgv.com/news/u-s-coast-guard-investigating-deadly-cameron-county-boat-accident


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