Archive for July 2013

William Feehan, 11 year-old boy, killed on Bull Shoals Lake by boat propeller

William Feehan, an 11 year old Millington, Tennessee boy, out with his family and some friends in Arkansas on Bull Shoals Lake was riding a tube with two other boys about 12:15 pm Saturday afternoon July 27th. William, his 15 year-old brother and a 14 year-old son of another man on board were on the […]

Kali Gorzell & Charlie Hutton: Its Been a Year

This weekend marked the one year anniversary of the July 20, 2012 death of these two fine young people on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Kali Gorzell was struck and killed by a propeller near Port Aransas, Texas. Just 16, she was full of life and vitality, and known for living life to the fullest […]

Improve Visibility of Water Skiers, Wake Boarders, & Tubes: Senior Design Project

Increasing the daytime visibility of water skiers, tubers, banana boat riders, wake boarders wakeboarders, kneeboarders, donuts, tubes, and inflatable tow toy riders being towed by a boat or Personal Watercraft (PWC), especially after they fall can help prevent them from being struck by a boat or boat propeller. These riders and their implements need to […]

Gowrie Group Insurance Recommends Use of Propeller Guards

Gowrie Group, an independent insurance agency, manages The Burgee Insurance Program, a well known insurer of yacht clubs and sailing organizations endorsed by U.S. Sailing. On 11 July 2013, Gowrie Group issued a press release recommending: “that propeller guards be installed on all outboard motors used for teaching junior sailing, coaching sailing, running races, and […]

Boni Buehler – 1953 Boat Propeller Accident

We have been covering boat propeller accidents for a long time and one accident stands out above all the rest in the level of attention it received across the United States. Sixty years ago this August (2013), Boni Ann Buehler was a beautiful young woman living a life with the beautiful people, the rich and […]

Benefits of Reducing Boating Accidents: USCG requests comments on report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced the availability of a report, “Estimating Benefits of Reducing Recreational Boating Accidents: Alternative Sources of Information on Fatalities, Injuries, and Property Damages” in the June 28, 2013 issue of the Federal Register. The study is dated September 12, 2011. The report reviews data related to recreational boating accidents to […]

David Cass of Minneapolis dies of pontoon boat propeller injuries

David Cass, 30 of Minneapolis Minnesota, was operating a pontoon boat on Lake Bell Taine near Nevis and Park Rapids, in northern Minnesota about 1:45pm Wednesday June 26, 2013. Two other people were onboard the pontoon boat. David Cass moved toward the bow of the pontoon boat, fell overboard, and was struck by the propeller. […]

Keaton Howard, 5 year-old boy killed on Lake Powell by boat propeller

Keaton Howard, a 5 year old American Fork Utah boy, out with his family on Lake Powell was riding in the bow of a boat about 6:30pm Friday June 28th, 2013. The boat hit a wave, Keaton was ejected, struck in the head by the propeller, and killed instantly. The boat propeller accident happened near […]