Posted on August 20, 2014

It isn’t just the deep, cold waters in the middle of Lake Cumberland, Lake Barkely, or another Kentucky river or lake that can be dangerous. Shallow waters can also present significant risks of boat accidents and deaths.

Just last month a recreational boat ran aground in shallow water in Texas. The impact was so forceful that the U.S. Coast Guard reported a woman and a young girl were ejected from the boat into the shallow water. They were both injured and taken to the hospital.

Ejection Is a Serious Risk—There Are Also Others

Being thrown from a boat, as was the case with the Texas woman and child, is a serious and life-threatening risk that could occur here in Kentucky. However, there are also other risks that can occur when a boat suddenly hits ground in shallow water. Those risks include:

  • Slip and falls injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones

Additionally, it is important to watch for damage to the boat. The impact may have compromised the boat and it may be taking on water. Even though you may currently be in shallow water, there is no guarantee that the water will stay shallow. You could be at risk of drowning.

Have You Lost a Loved One in a Shallow Water Accident?

What did you do immediately after the accident? Please leave a comment and let others know what helped with your recovery and what didn’t and please contact us directly via this website if you have any questions about your legal rights or possible recovery.


Mark K. Gray
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