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Boat Capsizes Near Coronado Bridge; Four Rescued

The McClellan Law Firm

Four people were rescued after a boat capsized near the Coronado Bridge in San Diego Bay on Saturday.

According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), a 17-foot skiff capsized when it was hit by a larger boat's wake at about 2:50pm Saturday. The boat was carrying four passengers, all of whom were rescued within just five minutes of the incident. Three of the passengers were rescued by Coast Guard responders, while the fourth was rescued by another boat in the vicinity.

No injuries were reported in conjunction with the capsizing, but the four passengers were taken to the USCG Sector San Diego base and the San Diego Harbor police towed the capsized boat to the same base.

At this time, the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, only that the larger boat's wake capsized the boat. Whether speed and/or alcohol played a role in the incident remains to be seen.

Although this boating accident did not end in tragedy, others are not so lucky. Depending on the location of the accident and subsequent response time by authorities or good Samaritans, as well as the severity of the collision or other incident itself, boat passengers may suffer serious injuries or may even lose their lives.

Alcohol use, inexperienced boat operators, equipment malfunction, adverse weather and dangerous waters may all contribute to or cause water-related accidents. These may involve small boats, yachts, cruise ships, Jet Skis and all other types of watercraft. When boating accidents occur, victims may be able to seek financial compensation through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

That is where a San Diego injury lawyer at The McClellan Law Firm may be able to help. Our team represents the injured in these cases, seeking justice when negligence or wrongdoing results in boat accidents. To discuss your case and how we may be able to help you, please call for a free consultation and case review.