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Most People Need a Lesson in Boating Safety

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It was a beautiful Fourth of July day to be out on the lake with friends, in our rented boat, at least that was how it started.  We were just a bunch of dumb 20 something-year-olds, dancing and drinking without a care in the world.  Then, out of nowhere, some dumb teenage kids, racing jet skis, must have decided to try and see if they could, one-by-one, launch themselves and their jet skis over our above average size vessel.  It should not have taken a genius to realize that this was a horrible idea with quite possibly disastrous outcomes in its future.

We, on the boat, did not realize what they about to do, let alone what they had planned to do, until the first brave, yet also stupid, soul tried to launch himself over our boat, but missed and landed in my sister’s lap.  His jet ski slammed into the water and sent a huge wave our way that almost capsized our boat, at least it felt like it would.

Once we realized that this was just the first of four idiots out there with the same plan, and after we got over the shock of a surprisingly not drunk or half-baked teenager landing in our boat, we next tried to wave off, frantically, by the way, the next wave of teenage stupidity.  There is no way in heaven or hell that the next one could have possibly thought that our waves and yelling were signs of encouragement.  But, bless his probably big heart because he did it anyway.  It all happened way too fast, and they’re way too many other boats around, for us to try and move our boat and avoid all of this chicanery.

I don’t know if he forgot to lift the jet ski, or did get as good of a running start as his other friend over here, but this guy never even left the ground.  He plowed right into us, causing a jet ski sized hole to form right in the middle of our boat.

We didn’t really even bother to look to see if he was alive.  That was his friends’ job.  Instead, we, the boating party, scrambled around for the life jackets, which we learned too late were non-existent on this vessel.

While fully acknowledging that we were about to sink, we all jumped overboard.  Fortunately, we can all swim because we’re all not morons and know basic life skills.

Nearby boats help us into their boats, and gave us towels.

The kids that still had their jet skis picked up their friends and scurried away.  Fortunately, other boat owners out here saw what was happening and called the coastguard, who was waiting for them amidst the crown of party boats. Someone suggested that we research a Scranton Personal Injury Attorney to help us file a suit against those responsible for the trauma. 

Needless to say, both this set of juveniles and the people who rented us the boat, who did not give us enough life jackets and recommended this particular spot to park our boat, will be hearing from our parents’ very powerful and very expensive attorneys.

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