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On 9 August 2011, a father (Jared C. Adkins, then 39) and his son (Calvin Adkins, then 11) of Harrington Delaware were on a dive boat charter in the Florida Keys. They were on the Big Dipper, a 46 foot dive boat, belonging to the Florida Keys Dive Center in Tavernier Florida on Plantation Key.

Orion dive boat, sister boat to the Big Dipper

Orion Dive Boat
sister boat to the Big Dipper

They were on a drift dive north of Conch Reef about 9 miles north of Key Largo, Florida. About 9am, they entered the water form the stern platform of the dive boat. The boat was already in or shortly later put in reverse gear and they were ran over by the propellers. Early reports suggested the divers entered the water before the command from the boat crew. Later reports say they were instructed to dive.

Father and son both received brain damage and skull fractures. Read More→

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American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has been working with Design Research Engineering (DRE), a consulting firm, for some time to develop a series of warnings that are grouped together (consolidated) for use on certain types of vessels (such as gasoline outboard powered open motor boats) in certain locations (helm, cabin, transom, occupant, deck). Some consolidated warnings use the signal word “Warning” and some use the signal word “Danger”.

ABYC’s May 2015 newsletter announced the release of the new consolidated warnings.

ABYC May 2015 newsletter announces consolidated warnings

ABYC May 2015 newsletter announces consolidated warnings

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USCG 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics

USCG 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics

U.S. Coast Guard released their annual recreational boating accident statistics report on Wednesday May 13th, 2015. Total counts for 2014 BARD reported accidents were 4,064 accidents, 2,678 injuries, and 610 fatalities.

USCG reported 153 propeller accidents, 148 propeller injuries, and 22 propeller fatalities.

We would like to thank USCG for all the efforts they put into this annual statistical report of boating accidents.

We would also like to thank USCG, law enforcement officials, lake patrols, first responders, nurses and physicians, those offering boating safety classes, boat safety equipment check points, safe boaters, state boating law administrators, life jacket loaner program participants, Operation Dry Water, and all others who work tirelessly to drive these annual totals down.


DJ Laz

DJ Laz

Back in May 2014, DJ Laz, a popular South Florida DJ, was on the water in a 42 foot boat promoting Voli Vodka. The boat became high centered off Nixon Beach on Mashta Flats when the tide went out. Bystanders tried to push the large boat off the sandbar. One of them, Ernesto Herndandez, 23, was fatally struck by one or more of the boat’s propellers. We covered the accident at, DJ Laz Boat Propeller Kills Ernesto Hernandez. The accident happened near Key Biscayne Florida.

 

Ernesto Hernandez

Ernesto Hernandez

Ernesto Hernandez’s mother brought a civil suit against several parties, including DJ Laz. That suit has since been settled.

The Attorney General’s Office of the State of Florida reviewed the accident to determine if criminal charges should be filed against DJ Laz (Lazaro Mendez). On Thursday, 23 April 2015, prosecutors concluded there was no evidence that DJ Laz was alcohol impaired, or acted with “reckless disregard for human life. No criminal charges will be filed.

DJ Laz's boat being pushed from sandbar just prior to the accident

DJ Laz’s boat being pushed from sandbar just prior to the accident

Some witnesses said Mendez or his captain warned they were about to start the engines, however others did not think those in the water were warned. Read More→

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