When you are out on the open water, it is very important that all of your boat’s accessories, like anchors and other gear, are properly secured. When they aren’t, or when there is a defect that leads to one of them breaking free, there is always a potential for injury.

In a shocking story out of Florida, a teen was left seriously injured when an anchor came loose, fell and swung back toward him, striking his head. The unusual boating accident could have killed him while he was visiting the Bradenton Yacht Club, but he surprisingly walked away with only minor neurological issues.

According to the news report about the incident, the anchor came loose and bounced back into the boy’s head. It penetrated his right frontal lobe by nearly three inches. The 14-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent emergency brain surgery.

It was likely that surgery that saved his life. He was given a partial craniotomy to give his brain room to swell and placed in a medically-induced coma. Doctors didn’t know if he would be able to speak or walk again in the future.

It was a shock to everyone when the boy was able to get up, walk and communicate when he awoke. A 3D-brain scan showed that the anchor had just missed critical blood vessels, which may have been what spared him from significant brain damage.

At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., we want to remind you to be cautious on the water. If an accident happens, the right Board Certified attorney can make a difference in getting you the compensation you need.