Alcohol was a factor in a weekend boating accident at Canyon Lake that left one dead and three injured. The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. Saturday after a fishing boat struck a rock.
Witnesses told deputies the fishermen were moving to a new location when the operator of the boat was distracted. He took his eye off the steering wheel, when the boat slammed into a large rock near the shore.
An occupant was thrown from the boat onto the shore, and later died.
The other three occupants, including the driver, remained injured in the boat. The survivors were listed in serious condition.
WHAT ARE THE "RULES OF THE ROADWAY" FOR BOATS?
For the most part, same as for cars. Overall, "reason" and "common sense" are the rules of thumb. Safe speed given traffic conditions.
Watch the area in front of you. Stay clear of other boats, people and objects. Control your boat to avoid causing injuries and damages to others.
If you fail to obey any of these rules and cause an accident, under Arizona law, you are liable for the harm that results to others. In this case, if the reported facts are accurate, then the boat driver should be held civilly responsible for the harm caused to his occupants.
If alcohol was an influence, likewise, he will be also held criminally liable.
Prayers to the families of all affected by this tragedy.