January 12th, 2013 - by DKRPA
The term “Boating Accident” most often than not elicits the image of an individual thrown “overboard” from a boat, struggling in the water. We may think about a drowning injury or severe cuts from a spinning propeller. We might even stretch our minds to think about a cruise boat patron falling on a slippery surface.
What many people forget about are all of the moving parts that are not visible on the outside of the boat, but found “under the hood” so to speak. These parts are as dangerous as that sharp, whipping propeller. Despite being a vessel on the water, explosions and fires are much more common than one might think. A recent boat accident this week in Palm Beach Gardens shows an often forgotten injury, but one that can have serious consequences.
The accident occurred on Jan. 9 at approximately 10 a.m. A man had been working on a boat at the PGA Marina. Suddenly, an explosion occurred. Witnesses immediately called emergency responders to the scene. When they arrived, they had found that the man had courageously managed to put out the flames on his own and driven himself to the hospital where officials say he was treated for minor burns.
In this instance, these minor burns may not sound severe and maybe they weren’t on the medical burn scale. However, even minor burns cause extreme pain and sensitivity. If they are on the hands, it can cause wages to be lost when the burn victim is unable to complete his or her job duties. In other instances, minor burns can still cause major scars.
Imagine the struggle for a child who grows up with a large disfigurement that they can’t hide. For others, even a minor burn can become easily infected, causing further nerve damage and other future complications.
Source: The Palm Beach Post, “Boat accident in Palm Beach Gardens leaves one man with burns,” Toni-Ann Miller, Jan. 9, 2013
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