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Jet Ski Collision In Easterchester Bay Claims Lives Of Two Riders

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Victims Identified As Luis Lugo, 48, and Jorge Mancebo-Reyes, 22

The summer of 2020 saw a huge increase in participation in all kinds of water sports. However, this same increase in aquatic sports also brought with it an increase in aquatic accidents.

In July 2020, two men lost their lives in a jet skiing accident near Evers Marina in Eastchester Bay. Police officials have reported that the fatal accident occurred around 9PM and that it is likely that low visibility may have played a part in the crash.

Witnesses reported seeing the two riders operating their watercraft at a high rate of speed before they crossed each other's path and collided. Both jet ski operators were thrown from the vessels after the crash and were rescued by a private vessel that was in the area.

Units from the New York Police Department, Fire Department, and Coast Guard responded to the accident; both victims were transported to Jacobi Medical Center in The Bronx where they were later pronounced dead.

The tragic deaths of the two jet ski riders mark the risks associated with watercraft operation and particularly jet skis, given that riders are largely exposed while driving this type of PWC.

Who Can Be Held Responsible In A Jet Ski Accident?

Though watersports involving boats, jet skis, and other personal watercraft are often seen as leisurely activities, this perception can cause participants to forget about the risks associated with them.

Much like when driving on a highway, it is not your own experience and aptitude that can lead to a grave accident. On the water, one must also consider that other individuals operating watercraft could cause a crash, even when you're taking all the proper cautionary measures hoping to avoid it.

When the negligence and carelessness of another person results in you or a loved one suffering injuries, you have the right to seek justice. The civil justice system allows individuals to file a lawsuit that helps them fight for compensation with the goal of making them whole. And while there is no amount of money that can turn back time and change the course of events, it can help victims to cover the expenses associated with injuries.

Free Aquatic Accident Consultations

A jet ski or PWC accident lawsuit can be filed against a rental company, an individual, or other entities. Yet the legal process for filing and winning a claim is complex and extensive. Seeking the guidance of an experienced aquatic accident lawyer can often prove invaluable to victims. Experienced attorneys will not only be familiar with the legal process, they will also know the kinds of evidence that need to be collected to build a strong case. If expert witnesses must be consulted, your attorney will also manage this.

Banville Law offers free water injury consultations; we also only work on a contingency-fee-basis, so if we're not able to secure compensation on your behalf, you will not have to pay any legal fees.

New York Couple Drowns In Hotel Beach

Mohammad Malik, 35, and Dr. Noor Shan, 29, Were Married Just Four Days Earlier In Long Island

COMO Parrot Cay had just reopened in October of 2020 when, on October 28th, two newlywed visitors drowned at the Turks and Caicos resort beach.

Mohammad Malik, an attorney from New York, and Dr. Noor Shan, a medical resident at NYU, both drowned after being pulled under the surface by a powerful riptide. Witnesses were able to rescue the victims from the water and administer CPR, though they were not successful in resuscitating them. It is unclear whether the beach where Malik and Shan drowned had lifeguards. However, one of the victim's father commented on a lack of warning signs in the area - warning signs which could have alerted the Long Island newlyweds to the risk.

Less than a week before the drowning, family members had come together in East Meadows to celebrate the young couple's marriage.

Authorities in Turks & Caicos conducted an investigation into the incident but had not made public any findings as to the exact sequence of events. A spokesperson for COMO Parrot Cay offered a statement in which they expressed deep sadness over the tragedy and their complete disposition to work with local authorities throughout the investigation.

Liability In Hotel Beach Drowning Accidents

When vacationers visit resorts far away from home, they do so with the hopes of relaxing and "decompressing" from the stresses of daily life. What they never expect is for their lives to be in danger while they enjoy the amenities of the resort they chose to stay at.

Businesses such as hotels and resorts owe their guests the duty to keep them safe. Towards this goal, hotel owners and managers should do everything in their power to directly protect visitors or at least warn them of the risks they are taking on when they enjoy any of the hotel's amenities. If a resort is found to be negligent in this duty, they may be held responsible by victims of their carelessness if they take legal action.

Through a negligence lawsuit against a resort or hotel, victims can seek remuneration for damages including medical bills, loss of income, and more. If the negligence leads to death, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed and surviving family members may be the ones to claim the damages.

Drowning lawsuits can be some of the most difficult to win as there may be one or more parties who can be deemed responsible for damages. An experienced hotel pool drowning attorney can help victims by analyzing their case and determining who exactly was responsible. Afterward, they can collect all relevant evidence and help to build a solid case on behalf of the victims and their loved ones.

If you or a family member suffered a drowning at a hotel, contact our team today to learn more about your legal options through a free consultation. You deserve to know your rights, as well as all the possible courses of action offered by the civil justice system, before making such a critical decision.

Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: February 25, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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