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Two Rowers Die in Lightning Storm Boating Accident in Central Florida

November 08, 2022
Personal Injury

Fatal Rowing Accident Reminds Boaters of Weather-Related Dangers

Two rowers were killed after their boat capsized in September of this year. The middle school students were members of the North Orlando Rowing Club. They were practicing on Lake Fairview in central Florida when the boat they were in flipped. Three others were injured in the devastating accident. Reports indicate that lightning strikes had occurred in the area around the time the vessel capsized.

At Mase Mebane Seitz, we represent people who have been injured or lost a loved one in boating accidents throughout Florida. Our experienced legal team has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured parties. If you were involved in a boating accident, contact our office at (305) 602-4824 to schedule a free consultation. 

Fatal Rowing Accident on Lake Fairview

Five members of the North Orlando Rowing Club were involved in a fatal boating accident on September 15, 2022. According to NBC News, the vessel carrying the rowers capsized for unknown reasons. Reports indicate that lightning strikes happened in the area around the time of the accident.

Three rowers were treated for minor injuries and released. One middle school-aged rower was hospitalized, eventually succumbing to his injuries earlier this week. A second child was pulled from the water 24 hours after the accident occurred. 

Dangerous Lightning Strike

It is believed that a lightning strike may have caused the vessel to capsize. Several reports indicate that lightning was in the area at the time of the accident. Weather.gov notes that it is exceedingly dangerous to be swimming or boating during a lightning storm. When lightning strikes water, it discharges most of its electrical energy near the water’s surface. 

What to do if there is lightning in the forecast:

  • If you are on or near water, get out. Stay away from the water’s edge and get off the beach.
  • The National Safe Boating Council states that boaters who are on the water during a lightning storm should stay inside their cabin and “avoid touching metal or electrical devices.”
  • Boaters should avoid going on the water if at all possible.
  • If weather conditions change, head back to shore.
  • A lightning strike can cause a fire on the boat. Make sure your vessel is equipped with the proper safety equipment.

The more prepared you are, the more likely you can avoid a dangerous and potentially deadly outcome. It is important to note that lightning occurs during all thunderstorms, so avoiding the water during a thunderstorm is strongly recommended. If you are involved in a weather-related boating accident, you should consult with an attorney about your right to compensation. 

Call Now for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one were injured in a weather-related boating accident, contact our office at (305) 602-4824 to schedule a free case evaluation. All consultations are confidential and without obligation to retain our services. 

At Mase Mebane Seitz, we believe you should never settle for less than your case is worth. Our trial lawyers will help you understand your rights and work to ensure that you receive the largest recovery possible.

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