SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly crashing his speedboat into a University of Michigan women's rowing team boat on Lake Belleville, according to MLive.
The crash, which occurred on May 17, broke the UM rowing boat into pieces.
The nine rowers occupying the boat were not injured, and swam 75 miles to shore.
Following the crash, the man drove his speedboat to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources launch in Rawsonville, where he took the boat out of the water and drove away without reporting the incident.
The man was stopped by a patrol officer at Rawsonville Road and Huron River Drive. He was then arrested, charged, and released.
The man's name is currently being withheld pending arraignment. Van Buren Township Deputy Director of Public Safety Jason Wright told MLive that the man is charged with fleeing the scene of a boating accident.
Michigan Boating Accident Laws
According to the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Accident Report Database, boating accidents must be reported if:
- Death was a result
- Injury required medical treatment beyond first aid
- Damage to the vessel or other property was $2000 or more
- Vessel was not repairable
A boating accident must be reported if it meets any of the criteria mentioned above. The Coast Guard as well as all additional state agencies that regulate boats must be alerted in the event of an accident. Additionally, a boat insurance company should be contacted.
Collisions with another boat or with fixed objects such as a marina dock; capsizing, and passengers falling overboard account for approximately 58 percent of all boating accident fatalities. If you are injured in a boating accident, seek advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer.A negligent boating operator who is found to be at fault will most likely pay for damages, which can include property, medical, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
State liability laws and measures can be quite confusing after a boating accident, which is why it is advisable to speak with a boat accident law firm that has experience with similar situations and cases. Courts will examine the cause of the accident, whether the vessel malfunctioned, the degree of carelessness by the operator, and the carelessness of the victim before determining fault.
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