22 May 2015
Tragic Boating Accident Kills Girl on Holiday
Tragedy destroyed what should have been an idyllic bank holiday trip, when a teenage girl was killed in a speedboating accident.
14-year-old schoolgirl, Emily Gardner from Gloucester, England, was on holiday when she, two friends, and one of the girls’ parents took out a boat. The water was reportedly choppy. Due to the poor weather conditions in Brixham, where the group had been enjoying a Bank Holiday trip, the speedboat overturned. Friends, Hollie and Gemma, were pulled to safety, but Emily’s lifejacket became entangled with the outboard motor.
In a tragedy of this magnitude, much of the shock lies in the events that were unexpected and unavoidable, leaving those involved to question how the accident and injury may have been avoided.
But when on holiday, safety may come second to fun when enjoying activities perhaps out of the ordinary.
It is the responsibility of a tour guide, leisure centre, or any business of activities and excursions that require protective clothing, to ensure that their customers and participants fully understand the function of such clothing. That is not to say that this was the problem with this case, wherein a combination of poor weather and the unavoidable circumstance of the lifejacket catching on the boat’s engine. But, as life jackets are a necessity on boating activities, many injuries may be avoided by adequate training to make certain all participants, particularly children, are aware of the workings of their life jacket.
Of course, in an emergency, everything happens so fast and is heightened by panic, and so a person cannot rely on the vague idea of being able to handle such an emergency when it arises. In this sense, the only defence is in planning and prevention. Consideration for weather conditions should be your first thought, before setting sail into choppy waters due to “freak waves.”
Further to this, being mindful of your abilities and knowledge of boating and the waters will limit the risk you and your passengers are exposed to.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have extensive experience in pursuing claims for people injured in an accident on holiday.
If you or a member of your family was injured at sea on board a cruise ship, a yacht or whilst scuba diving, either if you were working on board ship or on holiday; Slater and Gordon No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.