Warning: Twisted Captain at the Helm

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Biscayne Bay: What happens when you put a drunk, coke snorting, wanna-be captain at the helm of a 91-foot yacht? Tragedy strikes.

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On April 1st, a 25-year old passenger was killed while swimming behind a privately owned yacht.  The victim was struck by the yacht’s propeller after a non-licensed captain made a crucial navigational mistake. This past Monday, the supposed captain pleaded guilty to wrongful death due to negligence while commandeering a water vessel. Regardless of the fact that the person at the helm is primarily responsible for the wrongful death incident, the person that chartered the yacht is partially to blame since the accident would have never happened if the service had not been advertised as a ‘unique charter experience’.  Both parties face wrongful death and negligence charges as the yacht owner was aware that the vessel was not insured for charters and the operator was not licensed to charter passengers. Furthermore, cell phone video footage shows the alleged captain snorting cocaine and drinking while cruising round Miami before taking the helm of the 91-foot yacht, which was dirty and revealed an evident lack of maintenance. The captain anchored the yacht at Monument Island as two of the four passengers decided to go for a swim and eventually drifted towards the rear of the yacht. Without warning or regard for navigational safety measures when leaving an island, the captain put the yacht in reverse as the propellers pulled the victim in, causing fatal injuries which brought the pleasure voyage to a tragic end.

If you, a family member, friend, or loved one has been hurt in a boating accident, the Perazzo Law Firm urges you to contact their Miami or North Miami Beach office ONLINE for a FREE consultation to discuss a possible Boat Accident Claim for compensation.

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