It’s funny, but people seem to think that it’s mandatory to
drink alcohol if you’re on a boat. The truth is, it’s not
a good idea, and it’s definitely not a good idea if you are at the
helm. Arthur King Hall discovered this the hard way when a boat he was
operating crashed into a seawall in Connecticut, resulting in the death
of one person and the injuries of two others. His blood-alcohol level
was four times the legal limit at the time of the accident. He was arrested
and charged on a number of counts, including second-degree manslaughter
and first-degree reckless endangerment.
In addition, the injured passengers have filed lawsuits against Hall, and
it appears they are placing some blame on the boat’s owner, Hall’s
father. The lawsuits contend Arthur King Hall acted recklessly and was
negligent. He operated the boat at unsafe speeds and was intoxicated.
This was a tragic accident that could have been avoided. As long as drinking
while boating is condoned, more accidents will no doubt occur. The passengers
were severely injured and their lives changed. I’m betting from
now on they will think twice before boarding a vessel with an intoxicated operator.
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