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Sailboat overturns, man without life jacket dies

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On January 28, a sailboat capsized near Vashon Island. Two of the four aboard the boat were thrown into the water. One boater was rescued by the two remaining on board. The coastguard found the fourth boater unconscious, who was reportedly not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. The fourth boater was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center.

Lifejackets are critical to safety when boating. However, those injured in a boating accident may have claims against the owner of the boat. The warranty of seaworthiness is a feature of General Maritime law. The warranty requires the owner to provide a vessel that is reasonably fit for its intended purposes or voyage. Lack of notice or opportunity to correct the condition that caused the injury is no excuse. Those injured should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss their rights and options.

For more information, see One Dead After Sailboat Accident Near Vashon.