Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Drowning at Key West Powerboat Race

A widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida against the producer and two medical directors of the Key West Super Boat World Championship after her husband, a veteran racer, drowned in an accident during a race.

The suit is alleging gross negligence in the death of the competitor who drowned in November of 2011 after the 38-foot catamaran he was piloting overturned. The victim could not free himself from the boat’s harness system and the emergency hatch shut as it sank, trapping him inside. Although he did have an emergency air supply, the oxygen had run out before rescue divers were able to reach and free him.

The suit goes on to allege that the victim was alive and uninjured just after the crash, but what should have been a routine and successful rescue was botched by the inexperienced, untrained, and ill-equipped volunteer divers sent to free him. The complaint goes on to state that rescue personnel weren’t allowed to conduct pre-safety inspections and that the producer and two medical directors had done nothing to shore up emergency response policies even after two racers had drowned two days earlier during the event’s opener.

The widow’s attorney, a former director of the American Power Boat Association, said that the tragedy could have been avoided if standard industry practices and protocols had been followed.

If you think a family member’s death was caused by the gross negligence of another party, you may want to bring a wrongful death suit against them. You will need the skillful team of Farah & Farah’s Florida fatal boating accident attorneys to guide you through this complicated process. Call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free and discreet consultation.

Sources: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/20/2647181/widow-files-suit-over-powerboat.html

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