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Video shows negligent boat operator plowing into smaller vessel

An incredible video that has gone viral shows the harrowing moments before a small fishing boat was crushed by a larger motorboat. The incident was captured by a GoPro camera that was attached to the smaller fishing boat. The video shows three people enjoying a day out on the water before they realize that a large, speeding boat is approaching their vessel. They wave at it to get the operator's attention, but to no avail. They jump overboard just moments before the larger boat crushed their vessel.

The three people aboard the crushed vessel were injured in the incident, though the details and extent of the injuries were not made clear. The injured people are suing the driver of the other boat, a 75-year-old man who admitted to not being able to see over the bow of the boat.

The 75-year-old uses a motorized scooter to get around and he was sitting while operating the boat. But in addition, he allegedly was using his cell phone while operating the boat.

The video is really something else, and you can see it in our source article. It will be interesting to see how the lawsuit plays out, but given the video evidence and the 75-year-old's admission that he was unable to see in front of his vessel, it is likely he will be in a lot of trouble.

Cases like this show why it is imperative for victims of boat accidents to consult with an experienced admiralty and maritime lawyer.

Source: WFTS, "Viral video of boat crash in Oregon leads to lawsuit," Kevin Beckman, Jan. 18, 2018

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