Boat Launch: Dark, Deadly and Unregulated

Number 26963
Subject Boats
Source News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)
State Washington
Year 2014
Publication Date May 3, 2014-May 4, 2014
Summary A News Tribune investigation found that at least eight cars have plunged into the water at the Narrows Marina boat launch over the past 17 years. Four of 11 occupants were killed and another was left permanently disabled. The accidents involved many different types of people, and all the incidents involved similar conditions: Dark, rainy and high tide. Despite the deaths, the owner of the marina did little to improve safety at the boat launch and management even discouraged further media coverage of a rescue at the location. The News Tribune also found no local or state government regulations specific to boat launch facilities.
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Keywords boat launch; car accidents; boat safety
Related Links http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/03/3178437/narrows-marina-boat-launch-attracts.html
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