As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to focus on remaining safe when venturing out into and onto the water. It is all too easy to become complacent and think that drownings could never happen to you, but drowning is the third leading cause of death for people of all ages here in the United States, nearly 8,000 fatalities every year.
Two young men from Medina Township in Ohio sadly became statistics this year on Father’s Day after they capsized their small vessel on a private pond. The two, both 19, were on the water with a third man at approximately 2:30 a.m. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently released a statement after the boating accident claimed the Brunswick, Ohio, men’s lives.
The third man aboard was able to swim to shore and alert authorities who managed to pull the drowned men’s bodies out of the pond.
It’s unknown why the boat capsized, and authorities continue to investigate the double tragedy. It is unknown who owned the pond or whether the men had permission to be boating on it.
With a lot of places still closed for the upcoming holiday, one of the few places people can retreat is out on the water in a boat. But while that may be a safer option in some ways, whenever water is involved, the risks go up. Skiing behind the boat or being pulled on an inner tube, diving from the shore into a gravel pit or river and even riding as a guest passenger as another person pilots the vessel all carry inherent risks that one assumes when they undertake these activities.
If you wind up injured while on the water over the upcoming holiday weekend, you may be able to seek compensation from any liable parties.