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Boat Accident - Boat runs over 4 people

Old 06-02-2010, 10:24 AM
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Unhappy Boat Accident - Boat runs over 4 people

A copy /paste from Screem and Fly:

This past Saturday, 5 young people were in a lake skiff, out on Lake Maurepas. They decided to stop and jump in the lake to swim before coming in to a local restaurant for lunch. 4 of the 5 people jumped in and apparently the last person hit the throttle / shifter of the boat, which was still running and in neutral.

The boat took off, circled and ran over the 4 people in the water. The boat ran for 40 minutes before running out of gas. Three of the people were severely injured and drowned. One was cut badly on his arm and broken hip, and life flighted out. One guy was unharmed. The young man that died was 24 years old, two girls, 20 and 14 died. One of the girls had a life jacket on, but fatally injured by the boat. The other two were 24 and 26 years old.

This is a freakish accident that should not have ever happened. Young people that are no longer with their friends and families. This is one of those instances of something simple and seemingly innocent turned very deadly.

One of my co-workers is on the voluntary fire fighter /rescue teams down here. He and his wife. They were in one of the rescue boats that found two of the bodies after the accident on Sunday.. One of the deceased young men was my co-workers wife’s' nephew. They stayed on the scene 25 hours attempting to locate the other missing person. The last person was found Monday morning.

Be careful out there folks. Please say a prayer for the victims and their families / friends.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:33 AM
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Very sad.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:38 AM
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Thoughts for the friends and family of these people.

Everyone please remember to turn off your engines before anyone gets into the water.
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