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SoCal boating accident highlights need to obey no wake zones

Southern California offers beautiful weather and plentiful areas to enjoy the water. From paddle boarding and surfing to fishing and riding fast in motor boats, residents and tourists alike can find fun activities in the water. In an attempt to help keep everyone safe, various rules and regulations are put in place. Those who violate these rules can face steep monetary fines. In some cases, violations could even lead to tragic accidents.

The need to follow these regulations was highlighted in a recent case out of El Capitan Reservoir. A report by CBS 8 explains that a boat was traveling at a high rate of speed, allegedly through a no wake zone. The boat collided with another vessel, which was stationary at the time of impact. All occupants were ejected from the vessels in this tragic boating accident. One man died at the scene, another's body was found at a later date and the two operating the speed boat suffered minor injuries. It is unclear if alcohol played a role.

Southern California offers beautiful weather and plentiful areas to enjoy the water. From paddle boarding and surfing to fishing and riding fast in motor boats, residents and tourists alike can find fun activities in the water. In an attempt to help keep everyone safe, various rules and regulations are put in place. Those who violate these rules can face steep monetary fines. In some cases, violations could even lead to tragic accidents.

The need to follow these regulations was highlighted in a recent case out of El Capitan Reservoir. A report by CBS 8 explains that a boat was traveling at a high rate of speed, allegedly through a no wake zone. The boat collided with another vessel, which was stationary at the time of impact. All occupants were ejected from the vessels in this tragic boating accident. One man died at the scene, another's body was found at a later date and the two operating the speed boat suffered minor injuries. It is unclear if alcohol played a role.

The accident is currently under investigation by the San Diego Police Department's Northern Division. If the allegations that the men were speeding through a no wake zone are supported, the violation could serve as evidence in a personal injury or wrongful death case.

Those injured in similar accidents may be eligible for compensation to help cover the costs associated with a boat crash. Contact an experienced San Diego boating accident lawyer to discuss your case and help better protect your legal rights and any potential remedies.

Source: CBS 8, "Boat crash at El Capitan Reservoir kills 2," Abbie Alford, Aug 1, 2014

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