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SAN DIEGO: Richard Neff Died In Boat Accident With Yacht and Sportfisher Off Imperial Beach


Oct 29, 2018

Richard Neff Boat Accident: San Diego Boat Accident Between Yacht and Sportfisher Off The Coast Of Imperial Beach Injured Multiple People

 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (October 28, 2018) A yacht and a sportfisher were involved in a boat accident with 28 people aboard off the coast of Imperial Beach that killed 66-year-old Richard Neff.

San Diego authorities are describing one of the boats that were involved in the accident as a 332-foot yacht Attessa IV. The other boat is being described as a Prowler, a 65-foot sportfisher.

Richard Neff fell after the two boats collided and sustained critical injuries. He was transported to the hospital where he died a few hours later.

The starboard side of the Prowler was injured in the accident and one person was airlifted to the UC San Diego Medical Center in critical condition. Another boat took 17 passengers back to shore.

It appears that 10 people were aboard the Attessa IV Yacht. The cause of the boat accident that killed Richard Neff remains under investigation at this point.  

Liability In Boat Accidents

Boating for leisure and commercial fishing are very popular. It has been estimated that fisheries provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people around the world. But it’s important that boat drivers take steps to remain safe. There are “rules of the road” with respect to how to operate a boat in much the same way there are about driving a car. Drivers should maintain a safe distance with other boats and seek out and avoid objects or people in the water.

Generally speaking, speed boats are much more likely to be held liable for an accident than other vessels. Faster boats are expected to adhere to a heightened level of caution. If a boat operator is negligent and hits another boat they may face civil liability if anyone is injured or killed. Victim’s will have the ability to file a personal injury claim in order to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Brain injuries are very common in high speed boating accidents. A boat accident attorney can review the specific facts of your claim and let you know what your rights are.

Preserving Your Rights After A Boat Accident

We at West Coast extend our deepest sympathies to the family of of Richard Neff. It is our sincere hope that this boat accident is investigated thoroughly. Anyone that may have knowledge about what caused the accident should step forward and reach out to the U.S. Coast Guard.  

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a boat accident you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help you in any way that we can. We have the ability to investigate your case free of charge and let you know where you stand. Whether you need a police report after an accident or you just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Patch. Yacht, Sportfisher Crash Off Imperial Beach; 28 Taken Ashore. October 27, 2018

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