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Kill Switch Public Service Announcement : Hunter Bland of U.F. bass fishing team

Hunter Bland and Conner Young of the University of Florida Bass Fishing team were ejected from their bass boat at speed during a Collegiate tournament in January 2017. A steering system failure caused the boat to abruptly turn to the right. Hunter was operating the boat and had the kill switch lanyard attached. Both young […]

$23 million Circle of Death propeller accident verdict upheld

Derek Hebert was on a Champion center console boat being operated by Daniel Vamvoras on 7 May 2005. They were between the Calcasieu River and Lake Charles County Club. The steering system failed and the boat began to spin (the Circle of Death). Derek Hebert was ejected, struck 19 times by the propeller, and died […]

Victor Sanchez, Seattle Mariners struck by boat propeller

Seattle Mariner’s pitching prospect, Victor Sanchez, age 20, was struck in the head by a boat propeller on Friday February 13th 2015 in Venezuela. UPDATE – Victor Sanchez remained in a coma after the accident and died 42 days later on Saturday 27 March 2015. – UPDATE   Last year Victor Sanchez played for the […]

Snorkeler Struck by Midnight Express boat propeller: Florida

Three men in a small boat were about a mile and a half off Haulover Inlet / Haulover Marina (Florida) to snorkel October 17, 2014. Two of the men were in the water snorkeling in the early afternoon. At least one of the three men saw and approaching boat and urged those in the water […]

Legal Aspects of Social Media & Boat Propeller Accidents: DJ Laz example

Social Media posts, photographs, and videos from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube, and others are becoming increasingly important in accident cases (auto accidents, workplace accidents, etc.). This post will focus more specifically on the legal aspects of sharing and social network Social Media with respect to boat propeller accidents, and […]

Our List of Outboard Motors Flipping Into Boats Was Updated 18 November 2013

We updated the spreadsheet on our Outboard Motor Struck Submerged Object and Flipped Into Boat page today (18 November 2013). The update included eight pre 1994 accidents we encountered since our last update. We put a “NEW” in the BARD column to identify them as recent updates. Our additions included the Elizabeth Ann Gaus (age […]

Blunt Trauma & Biomechanics of Boat Propeller & Propeller Guard Strikes: Part 1

Introduction The boating industry often cites the dangers of being struck by a propeller guard as a reason for not using them. They claim boat propeller guards exhibit a much larger cross sectional area than an unguarded propeller and as a result those in the water are much more likely to be struck by the […]

Blunt Trauma & Biomechanics of Boat Propeller & Propeller Guard Strikes: Part 2

This post is Part 2. Please view Part 1 first. Biomechanics Per Biomechanics of Chest and Abdomen Impact. Chapter 53. David Viano and Albert King. Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals: “The biomechanical response of the body has three components: (1) inertial resistance by acceleration of body masses, (2) elastic resistance by compression of stiff structures and tissues, […]

Tribute to Rescuers, First Responders, Paramedics, Surgeons, and Others

We frequently read of people making great efforts and sometimes even risking their own lives to save the lives of boat propeller accident victims. A recent propeller accident re-enactment spurred us into action to recognize the pilots, EMT’s, paramedics, doctors, nurses, bystanders, and others that often come to the rescue. They often represent the difference […]

DAN Europe Renews Propeller Injury Prevention Safety Campaign

Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe is known for launching a long running propeller injury awareness program for divers in 2004. That campaign was relaunched in July 2013 for 2013-2014 as “Watch Out! Propellers Can Kill!” DAN’s new propeller safety campaign focuses on trying to manage the risk of propeller injuries from both sides: from the […]