Jupiter Fisherman’s Body Found 5 Miles From Jensen Beach

 In Maritime Law

boating accidentLast Wednesday morning witnesses noticed a boat floating in the water and realized that there was no captain on board. The boat belonged to 66-year-old fisherman and Jupiter, Fla. resident, John McAllister, who was last seen the night before leaving the inlet to go fishing. Later that day, McAllister’s body was found floating in the ocean approximately five miles from Jensen Beach. 

The preliminary medical examination showed water in his lungs, but officials are waiting for toxicology reports to come back. It has been ruled that his death was accidental.

This case shows how important it is to never go out on a boat alone.  The water is unpredictable, and anything can happen. Here are some tips to keep you safe while out on your boat.

  1. Wear a lifejacket. McAllister’s body was found without a lifejacket. Wearing this floating device can help not only young, inexperienced children but can also save the life of an experienced swimmer.  There should be one lifejacket for every person on board the vessel.
  2. Avoid alcohol. Don’t risk getting a Boating under the influence (BUI) charge. The motion of the boat, high heat and the sun beaming down at you can all increase the effect of alcohol. Not only is drinking while boating dangerous, it is also illegal.
  3. Check equipment frequently. Be sure that all your equipment is working properly.  This includes your fire extinguishers, anchor, horn and lights. If you plan to go out at night make sure you have a sufficient amount of light so not only can you see where you are going but other boaters can see you.
  4. Never go out alone.  It is always helpful to have another set of hands and eyes. Somebody else may be able to see something before you do and potentially stop an accident from occurring. Having someone else on board with you is also important in case there is any type of medical emergency that leaves you unable to call for help.

These are just a few tips to keep you safe while out on the water. If you have been injured in a boating accident call us at the LaBovick Law Group where our maritime attorneys will review your case and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

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