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Fisherman Dies In Boat Accident On Skykomish River

Updated on: 11/22/2019

A man from Sultan was killed Saturday morning in a boating accident after the boat he was in flipped in the Skykomish River.

According to, a 57-year-old man and his passenger were riding in a boat on the Skykomish River near Gold Bar when the boat overturned. One man was able to make it to shore and call for help, but the other man never made it off of the boat. His body was found approximately half a mile downstream from the Big Eddy Boat Launch, where they had originally entered the water.

Investigators believe the strong current of the river caused the boat to be pinned against a rock before it flipped. The men had no way of maneuvering the boat against the current because it was a drift boat with no motor, police said.

Factors Contributing To Boat Accidents

With the warmer weather brought on by summer, water levels in rivers, ponds, and lakes throughout the state of Washington are bound to rise. Though the investigation into this boat accident is ongoing, it seems likely that the rising water levels and currents played at least a minor role in this incident.

Tragic boating accidents are especially common during the summer and fall months in Washington, with August being the most popular month for accidents. 36 vessels were involved in a total of 23 separate incidents in August of 2016, with 12 injuries and four deaths resulting from those accidents.

Free Boat Accident Legal Consultation

The complex nature of boating accident cases makes it even more beneficial to hire an experienced personal injury attorney in the event that you or a loved one is injured in an accident. Conducting a thorough investigation into the collision and identifying all possible contributing factors can make a big difference in the chances of a successful outcome.

The award-winning legal team at Davis Law Group will review your boating accident case free of charge and help you determine if hiring a lawyer is in your best interests. If we believe we can help, we’ll meet with you and your loved ones for a free legal consultation.

Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to get started. We will contact you to discuss your case in greater detail and help you better understand your legal rights.

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Chris Davis is the founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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