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24-Year-Old Paddleboarder Found Dead on Caloosahatchee River

June 28, 2022
Boat Accident

Fatal Boating Accident Under Investigation by the FWC

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Indiana man. The young man’s body was recovered from the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers earlier this month. Authorities believe that he fell into the water while operating his paddle craft. 

At Mase Mebane Seitz, we represent individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in recreational boating accidents throughout South Florida. Our experienced legal team helps injured parties obtain compensation for injuries related to paddleboarding accidents, kayaking accidents, motorized surfboards, and more. 

If you have been injured on one of Florida’s waterways, contact our office at (305) 487-8863 for a free case evaluation. 

Deadly Recreational Boating Accident

According to NBC 2 News, a 24-year-old man from Indiana was pulled from the Caloosahatchee River on Sunday, May 8, 2022, after falling from his paddle vessel. The Caloosahatchee River is located on the southwest Gulf Coast near Fort Myers, Florida. 

As reported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the man was not wearing a personal floatation device when he was recovered from the water. It is believed that the young man was on his paddle craft when he fell into the river. FWC continues to investigate the situation but reminds individuals paddling or kayaking along the stream to maintain awareness while boating.

Safety Tips for Recreational Boating in Florida

Paddleboarders, kayakers, and canoers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their surroundings before entering unknown waters. While many boating accidents are caused by powerboats and personal watercraft, there are a large number of injuries and deaths resulting from non-motorized single vessels.

Recreational boaters are encouraged to:

  • Research and map the area where they are boating;
  • Always kayak, canoe, or paddleboard with a friend;
  • Wear a personal floatation device;
  • Never boat under the influence; and
  • Ensure that they are strong swimmers.

While many individuals assume that rivers and lakes are less dangerous than open waters, they can be just as treacherous. Many lakes and rivers are murky, making it difficult for boaters to see obstacles that lay beneath the surface. Currents and rapids can also present a problem for novice boaters. 

If you are inexperienced or do not know the body of water, it is strongly recommended that you take a guide or someone familiar with the area with you. Many recreational boating accidents can be avoided by taking adequate safety measures. 

Getting the Help You Need

At Mase Mebane Seitz, we provide focused representation for victims of recreational boating accidents, including those involving paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, contact our office at (305) 487-8863 for a free case evaluation. All consultations are completed at no cost and without obligation to retain our services. 

Our trial lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of injured parties in Miami and across South Florida. We work tirelessly to ensure that injury victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve after a tragedy. Call our office today to discuss whether you have a valid claim for damages.

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