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Woman killed when struck by boat while swimming

On Saturday a woman was killed in a tragic boating accident on Bear Lake in south-central Michigan. She and her husband had taken their boat out on the lake. The boat was anchored and the woman was swimming nearby just after two-thirty in the afternoon.

Another boat driven by a local 48-year-old man struck the woman while she was in the water. After striking the swimming woman the second boat also ran into the anchored boat. The driver of the other boat sustained minor injuries in the fatal accident.

During the summer, Michigan offers a wide range of recreational activities on the water including more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. People are generally safe when boating, swimming or fishing on Michigan's lakes and rivers. Tragically, it takes only a moment of carelessness by one person for a day of carefree fun on the water to turn tragic.

While the experience of cruising on lake in a fast boat does not feel much like driving on a congested interstate, both situations require the operator to pay close attention to their surroundings and follow the rules. Despite the risks, many people do not treat driving a boat with the same sense of responsibility as driving a car. As was seen in this case, the consequences of an error can be just as lethal.

This accident remains under investigation. Generally however, when one boat is anchored other boats are expected to avoid it, and anyone controlling a boat should always pay close attention to watch for swimmers or other potential risks and dangers in the water.

Source: Chicago Tribune "Woman, 49, struck, killed while swimming in lake" July 31, 2011

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