Many people seek out the cool lakes and waterways for relief from the summer heat. Waterskiing and wakeboarding are fun activities that allows individuals to glide across the water’s surface, towed behind a boat at high speeds. For beginners, it can be a challenge to stay upright. Experienced participants can do jumps, flips, and complicated tricks. However, just because the water offers a cushioned landing, waterskiing can still be dangerous.
Fatal Accident For Expert Waterskier
Even the most experienced waterskiers can suffer serious injuries when traveling at a high speed. Sarah Teelow was a champion water skier, taking first place at the World Water Ski Racing Championship in 2013. Two months later, she died in a water skiing accident.
According to local news reports, Teelow was skiing in good conditions, with calm water and no wind. When Teelow hit a small wave, her ski flipped up in the air, causing her to fall on her right side and tumble. Between the first hit to the water and the second, her helmet flew off. She was rushed to the hospital but died the next day after suffering catastrophic head and neck injuries.
Her water skiing partner could not explain the accident for such an experienced skier. The relatively small size of the wave that caused Teelow to fall was described as a freakish accident. An inquest found speed was one of the factors leading to the waterskier’s death but the ski racing association said speed restrictions would not be welcomed by racers because it takes away from the sport.
Fatal Tow Rope Tangle
A retired business owner in Vero Beach, Florida was an avid fan of downhill skiing and waterskiing. According to his daughter, after retirement, he just wanted to ski. However, a waterskiing session ended tragically after he fell and got his head caught in the tow rope handle.
Temporary Distraction is Fatal for Water Skiing 12-Year-Old
A family was out waterskiing when a temporary distraction ended in a fatal accident. A 12-year-old girl was waterskiing, with the boat driven by her father, with mother and older sister as passengers. After a fall, the father turned the boat back around to brink the ski line back. As he approached the girl, the wind blew his hat off. He was temporarily distracted and hit the girl at a low speed. However, she hit the propeller and suffered torso injuries. The girl died before she could be taken to the hospital.
Jet Ski Accident in Anne Arundel County
July of last year was a tragic month for recreational boaters in Anne Arundel County. In less than a week, 6 people died on the county’s waters, with two fatalities involving a jet ski accident. Two people, a man and a woman, had gone out on the South River after 1:30 a.m. A 911 caller said they heard the sound of a collision and the two people failed to return.
A dive team from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department found evidence of a jet ski striking a marker in the river and a partially submerged jet ski. The man’s body was found near the marker and the woman’s body was found about 1,000 yards upstream, by the jet ski.
Boating Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
Boating accidents can be caused by a negligent operator who causes injury to other boaters, swimmers, or waterskiers. If a loved one drowned or was injured in a boating accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. To discuss your case with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.
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