It's summer in Southern California and the weather is beautiful. Many people enjoy recreational boating on the waterways all over; however, they are often unaware of the dangers that may surround them.
As the horror stories surrounding the recent cruise ship disasters begin to surface, many residents here in California have begun to wonder what sort of liability cruise lines have when it comes to the safety of their passengers.
California, with its beautiful weather and numerous lakes and waterways, has almost one million registered vessels. Every year thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed in boating accidents. These accidents happen, not only in a privately-owned boat, but on a Jet Ski, ferry, row boat, canoe, or cruise ship.
A 69-year old man and a 13-year old boy were injured when their watercrafts collided on the Colorado River recently.
Now that the warm weather is on its way, more and more people will be taking their boats out for a relaxing day on the lake - perhaps Big Bear Lake. Others, because of the economy and high gas prices, will remain at home.
Those enjoying the lovely climate in Lake Havasu recently got more than they bargained for. A 29-year old Huntington Beach man, was enjoying the water by sitting in an inner tube and being pulled by a boat. Something caused him to fall out of the tube. While waiting for the boat to return and pick him up, another boat, traveling about 40 mph hit him.