Fisherman Killed in Alabama Commercial Boating Accident

One man was killed and two others were injured in a commercial boating accident in Stevenson, located in Jackson County, Alabama. The deadly Alabama boating accident occurred when a commercial towing vessel operated by Inland Marine Service struck a fishing boat, killing the man aboard the smaller watercraft. 52-year-old James Ray Blair was killed when the commercial watercraft crashed into his boat.

Two other unidentified people were on Blair’s boat at the time of the accident. They were injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment. The specifics regarding the injuries sustained by these two individuals have not been released. With that noted, their condition is reported not be life-threatening. The men may have already been discharged from the hospital.

The fatal boating accident occurred on the Tennessee River at Stevenson, near the Highway 117 bridge. The Steven Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff Department responded to the deadly collision.

Case of the Deadly Alabama Boating Accident Not Known

As of this time, no information is available as to why and how the commercial towing vessel collided with the fishing boat. The matter is under investigation.

Common causes of boating accidents in the United States include:

  • Alcohol use
  • Other drug use
  • Inattentive operator
  • Failure to vent
  • Hazardous waters
  • Excessive speed
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Inexperienced boat operator
  • Inattentive boar operator
  • Improper lookout
  • Sharp turns
  • Restricted vision
  • Overloaded boat
  • Inadequate navigation lights
  • No navigation lights
  • Failure to wear lifejackets
  • Violation of navigation rules

Again, no evidence is yet available regarding the underlying reason or reasons why the commercial boat crashed into the fishing watercraft. Points of investigation are likely focusing on the possibility that the commercial boat operator was under the influence or distracted at the time of the accident. Officials have not indicated that this is the case in regard to the Alabama boating accident. However, these possibilities will be investigated, to rule them in or rule them out.

Other points of this investigation are apt to focus on speed of the commercial craft, lighting on the boats (the accident occurred at about 9:00 p.m.), and whether other navigational or boating rules had been violated.

13 Points to Keep Safe When Boating

The occurrence of yet another 2021 boating accident brings us back to a refresher on what can be done to enhance boating safety. There are 13 points to keep safe in mind in regard to boating accidents:

  1. Always wear a life jacket
  2. Know how to swim
  3. Take a boating course
  4. Know water navigation rules and protocols
  5. Ensure appropriate watercraft maintenance
  6. Obtain a water vessel safety checklist
  7. Create a predeparture safety checklist
  8. Make a float plan
  9. Do not overload a watercraft
  10. Watch the weather
  11. Do not consume alcohol or drugs
  12. Protect passengers and others from propeller
  13. Keep emergency radios turned on all of the time

Every time you take to the water in your boat, you should review these 13 points and make sure everything is in order. Being prepared and proactive leads to safer boating.

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