Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard officer was killed in a boat accident that federal officials believe was related to illegal drug-smuggling operations between Mexico and the United States. As such, two Mexican nationals are now facing criminal charges in connection with the officer's death.
Back in May, we wrote about a California sailboat accident that took the lives of four veteran sailors. At the time of our previous boat accident blog post, Coast Guard officials had not yet determined the cause of the fatal crash, but suspected that the sailboat may have collided with a tanker or other larger vessel.
The stepson of R&B singer Usher Raymond has reportedly passed away two weeks after suffering major injuries in a boating accident. The incident remains under investigation, and police have not yet determined whether the actions of the other party to the crash warrant criminal charges.
In San Diego, boating accidents are a fairly common occurrence with which many local residents are, unfortunately, all too familiar. That is why many Southern Californians are likely feeling the pain of a New York community as it struggles to come to terms with a tragic Fourth of July boat accident that resulted in the deaths of three children, ages 12, 11 and 8.
Earlier this week, two naval vessels met in the ocean, about 120 miles off the San Diego coast, to perform a routine refueling system. During that process, however, an apparent steering malfunction occurred, causing the two boats to collide with one another.
At least three people have been killed and a fourth is missing following the third major boat racing accident in California waters in recent weeks. The recent surge in boating accidents has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to suspend all sailboat racing in the Pacific Ocean near southern California for the near future as officials work to determine the cause of the crashes.
When we hear of a fatal accident that took place during an inherently dangerous activity, many of us are quick to judgment, assuming that inexperience and risky behavior most likely caused the crash. In many cases, though, the opposite is true. That is the case with a recent California boating accident, in which the people involved were sailing experts who simply happened upon an unlucky situation that ultimately cost them their lives.
Earlier this month, we discussed the fatal cruise ship accident that took place off the coast of Italy last month, and wondered if, because of the large number of cruises that depart from San Diego, such a traumatic boating accident could conceivably take place here. However, we concluded in that blog post that such a fatal accident would be unlikely to take place off the coast of California.
The official motto of the United States Coast Guard is Semper Paratus, or "always prepared," and certainly members of the Coast Guard provide an invaluable service to American citizens by diligently and attentively safeguarding our coasts. However, some San Diego residents might remember a December 2009 boating accident in which several Coast Guard officers were not prepared for what lied ahead of them, and ended up making a fatal error.
Criminal charges have been filed against four members of the United States Coast Guard for various acts of negligence and irresponsibility that led to the death of Anthony Cole DeWeese during last year's Parade of Lights in San Diego. The yearly event attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of boats, crowded into the San Diego harbor to participate in or watch the parade of watercraft, most decked out in holiday lights and decoration.